“@tamarbraxton got ridiculed by a pilot for flying while Black on Delta. Wow! I guess being a diamond and double million miler don’t matter… @delta Shame on you… #WhyArePeopleSoMad #flyingwhileblack #smh,” Towanda wrote on Instagram Saturday, July 28
“Here’s how this works, my flight attendants work for me. They give orders that come from me, OK? And so if you get an instruction from a flight attendant, I need to know that you are willing and able to do what you are told to do,” the pilot tells Tamar in the clip.
“Are you willing and able to do what you’re told to do by a flight attendant?” he adds. “Don’t ask me any questions. Answer yes or no.”
“Yes,” Tamar answers before trying to explain herself.
“Ok, thank you,” the pilot quickly responds before walking back to the cockpit.
It’s not clear what led the pilot to walk back to Tamar’s seat before the camera began rolling, but Towanda soon went on Instagram Live to give more background on the situation.
“Y’all know I’ll be the first to be honest if Tamar was being rude and disrespectful or out of order or extra,” she says. “Because we all know that that’s who she is — that’s who she was. This time, Tamar did nothing wrong this time.”
Towanda explained she was on the phone with her sister, who was on a flight heading home from her performance at the Cincinnati Music Festival Friday, July 27. Towanda said her sister was tired from the show and put a blanket over her head, which is what Tamar can be herd explaining to her manager on camera.
“The flight attendant did not come to her,” Towanda said.
Meanwhile, fans have continued to take sides in the matter, even though the comments on the original post have been shut off.
“All these Black women saying what did she do what did she say this isn’t race 🤦🏾 s— is crazy we have to deal with the other side and our own putting us down.”
“@tinathistinathat we weren’t there, we didn’t see what happened. All we saw was the pilot being very stern with them. Based on the video I cannot pin this man as a racist. Every white person who gets upset with a Black person isn’t racist.”
Delta has responded to Towanda’s clip on Twitter asking the star to direct message them for more assistance.
“Towanda, our employees reflect our culture of treating all people with dignity and respect, and if we aren’t doing that, we aren’t doing our job. We’re looking into it now. Please DM here for additional assistance.”