A British Airways flight attendant has found herself in hot water over a video that she posted to her Snapchat that many viewers have found offensive, blasting the stewardess’s jokes about serving Nigerian passengers as racist and inappropriate.
Joanne Wickenden, 23, took to the picture- and video-sharing platform to express her grievances at having to work on a Friday night. Wearing her British Airways uniform, she explained that she was scheduled to fly from London to Abuja.
“Alright, so all of yous are there getting ready for your Friday night, getting in the pre-drinks, you know, as you do,” she quipped, “and I’m here, getting ready to go to work, put on a yellow life jacket, point out the exits, hand out chicken or beef, what sort of Friday night is this for me?’
Wickenden then opted to sprinkle in an abbreviation that is used to refer to black men’s genitalia.
“The upside is I’m going to Nigeria and there’s gonna be bare BBC,” she laughed, covering her mouth. “I’m joking, I’m joking.”
In the next video on her feed, Wickenden adopted a Nigerian accent to paint her soon-to-be passengers as rude and demanding.
“All the Nigerians are gonna be there like, ‘gimme Coca Cola, gimme beef, why you have no beef left? I want beef,’” she mocked. “And I’m gonna be there like, ‘Sorry sir, we ran out of beef.’”
“All the Nigerians are gonna be there asking for f*cking upgrades because they haven’t got enough leg room because their BBCs are in their way,” she continued. “Big d*cks like this swinging from side to side.”
Wickenden’s video quickly made the rounds among her fellow cabin crew members, one of whom reported it to the airline. In a statement, British Airways announced that it would investigate the video and take proper action.
“She’s not racist,” a friend of Wickenden’s told Metro. “It was a joke between two friends. It wasn’t meant to be racist. She is not saying she dislikes Nigerians and she’s not saying that anyone is better than anyone else.”