Wikipedia describes Adam Saleh as “an American YouTube personality, vlogger, actor and rapper from New York City, USA best known for his YouTube videos.”
Adam Saleh of Yemeni ancestry, a controversial figure having admitted to making and uploading hoax videos on YouTube to show discrimination against his ethnicity, was offloaded along with his friend Slim Albaher from a New York bound Delta flight from London, on Wednesday, for allegedly making other passengers uncomfortable according to Delta.
Saleh, on the other hand, claims that he and his friend were being discriminated against for speaking a different language. “We spoke a different language on the plane and now we are getting kicked out,” said Saleh in his defense. “This is 2016, look and Delta Airlines are kicking us out,” he continued his rant.
— Adam Saleh (@omgAdamSaleh) December 21, 2016
Based on his reputation as being a regular prankster, also branded a “criminal” by the Daily Mail for jokingly stealing his manager’s car and bragging on camera that he is not allowed to drive in the U.K, many people on social media are cynical about the whole issue.
Reportedly, Saleh’s manager has defended his client saying that he has always been truthful about his pranks on videos and YouTube and have made them known to the public as mere pranks afterward.
However, the latest chain of events resulting in his getting offloaded together with his friend was “as real as it gets.”
The video clip of two Americans of Arab origin being escorted out has gone viral with a 150,000 or so retweets.
“You guys are racist. I cannot believe my eyes. I cannot believe it. I spoke a word in a different language and you say you feel uncomfortable?” Saleh said.
“We take all allegations of discrimination seriously and we are gathering all of the facts before jumping to any conclusion. Our culture requires treating everyone with respect. Furthermore, Delta people are trained to and frequently handle conflicts between passengers.” Delta explains on its website.
“Two customers were removed from Delta Flight 1 departing London-Heathrow today after a disturbance in the cabin resulted in more than 20 customers expressing their discomfort.
We have spoken with the customers who were removed; they were rebooked on another flight. Plans are in place to immediately speak with our crew and other passengers when the flight lands this afternoon. We will provide an update once we have more information,” the statement said.
Was this a repeat of “The boy who cried wolf” story?
Did Delta overreact to the passengers’ complaints of feeling “uncomfortable” because he spoke Arabic?
Or was this pure, unadulterated discrimination against a Muslim?
Well, these are questions one is compelled to ask – and answers have to be provided by Delta.