An Oklahoma woman posted on Facebook this week to thank a man who had helped save her dignity. Chase Irwin who works for Whiskey Row in Nashville, saw her get fat shamed and came to her rescue. He rescued her from a fat shaming comedian who hasn’t been named.
Savannah Phillips was on a United flight from Oklahoma to Illinois, when she says a comedian, wearing bright yellow sunglasses, who was in his sixties, texted a friend that he was sitting next to “a smelly fatty.” She knew he was a comedian because he told her he was. She couldn’t help but notice his texting, as he had the screen brightness on high, and used a large font, and saw him text someone that he was sitting next to “a smelly fatty.” She didn’t see the rest of the text, because she turned away and was trying to hide that she was crying.
“I’m not the biggest person on the airplane,” she wrote, “but I’m not the smallest. My worst nightmare is someone being uncomfortable because they have to sit next to me.”
While waiting for the plane to take off the man in the row behind her- Chase- tapped the guy on the shoulder and said ““We are switching seats. Now.” He had seen the text, and became furious and felt he had to do something.
“He wasn’t her hero- he was mine. I told him that yesterday at church, one of my favorite people on the planet, Jeff McMillon, talked about how God sees you. Good time, bad times, in a mess- your own fault or not- God sees you. And God saw me today. I told him that he was a blessing sent to me and how thankful I was that he was there.”
So who is the comic who coined the term fatty smelly?