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'Privilege much?': Blue Jays' Anthony Bass slammed as he blasts United Airlines for asking pregnant wife to clean daughter's mess during flight

Anthony Bass alleged that a UA flight attendant had asked his pregnant wife to clean up their 2-year-old daughter's mess by getting 'on her hands and knees'
UPDATED APR 18, 2023
Anthony Bass spoke out in defense of his pregnant wife Sydney Rae Bass after a United Airlines crew made her clean up her daughter's mess on a plane  (@anthonyebass/Instagram, Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Anthony Bass spoke out in defense of his pregnant wife Sydney Rae Bass after a United Airlines crew made her clean up her daughter's mess on a plane (@anthonyebass/Instagram, Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Blue Jays' pitcher Anthony Bass is facing backlash on social media for his recent tweet, in which he complained about a flight attendant allegedly asking his pregnant wife to clean up popcorn spilled by their children. Bass posted a photo on Sunday, April 16, 2023, of his two children and the spilled popcorn on the airplane floor, which quickly went viral and garnered over two million views within 24 hours.

Bass vented his frustration on Twitter and claimed that a flight attendant on a United Airlines flight had asked his pregnant wife Sydney Rae to clean up the mess caused by their two-year-old daughter by getting "on her hands and knees." "The flight attendant @united just made my 22 week pregnant wife traveling with a 5 year old and 2 year old get on her hands and knees to pick up the popcorn mess by my youngest daughter," Bass tweeted, adding, "Are you kidding me?!?!"


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When asked on Twitter who he expected to clean up the mess, he responded, "The cleaning crew they hire!"


'My poor sister is on her hands and knees'

Sydney's sister Jessie James Decker also expressed her frustration on Instagram through a since-expired story. She shared that her sister was traveling with her two daughters, Blaire, 2, and Brooklyn Rae, 5, and had a humiliating experience while flying with United Airlines. She wrote, "My sister @sydneyraebass just texted me from her flight on @united. As you know, she is five months pregnant, high-risk, and also traveling alone with her two small children. Blaire accidentally spilled some popcorn in the aisle, and the flight attendant came up to Sydney with a trash bag and a wet wipe, telling her the captain wants Syd to clean up every drop," she revealed, adding, "My poor sister is on her hands and knees, crying in the aisle, completely humiliated and exhausted, with her children while everyone else watched. Way to go, United."


'Bravo United for letting them clean their mess'

Many Twitter users did not respond positively to Bass's complaint and accused him of showing a sense of entitlement. One user wrote, "This is the most pretentious, arrogant, self-absorbed tweet of all time. How dare parents have to clean up after their children’s mess? Good God, the more athletes tweet, the more I really don’t want to watch professional sports anymore."

Another said, "Imagine sitting behind misbehaved kids where it rained popcorn at your feet during your flight with a mom who tells everyone how cute her kids are and have another one cooking in the oven instead of reprimanding them. Bravo United for letting them clean their mess to begin with."

Author Gillian Roth wrote, "Just because they serve you doesn't make them your servant. This isn't even a BIG mess. Just, reach down-- and pick it up. If you don't want a mess, don't give them popcorn. Not hard. Popcorn is a mess waiting to happen."

She continued in a second tweet, "I could have a billion dollars and I still would not require someone to clean this up. Even if I had a maid, I'd just reach down and clean it up."

A fourth commented, "I've never understood why people expect individuals working in the service industry to clean up after their kids' messes. Why should the waitress or stewardess have to get on his/her hands and knees to pick up half chewed food that your kid threw on the ground?"

Another frustrated user called Bass an "entitled snob" and wrote, "So an entitled snob is criticizing the airline for a teaching moment. If he & his wife would perhaps have better control of their kids & nip their mess-making in the bud before this occurred, they wouldn't be cleaning up their kids mess after. Privilege much?"






Meanwhile, the United Airlines account tweeted in response to Bass, saying they would look into it further. "Hi there, Anthony. We certainly understand your concern and we'd like to look into this. When you have a moment, please DM your wife's confirmation number along with any additional details regarding her interaction with this crew member."


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