Kevin Smith Hasn’t Taken His Shirt Off in 30 Years

Filmmaker Kevin Smith is not a small guy, and he knows it. He accepts it, too–and even jokes about his weight regularly–but that doesn’t mean Smith is immune from the same self-conscious body issues many others go through. In fact, one could argue, he’s debilitated by them.

Writing for the Guardian, Smith reveals he’s so uncomfortable with his body that he hasn’t gone topless in more than 30 years (not even for his wife):

"Weight has always been an issue. Two years ago it all came to a head when I was thrown off a flight by Southwest Airlines for being "too fat". The airline suggested I was too big for one seat and that I needed two. Now, I’m the first to admit I’m fat, but I’m not that fat and never have been. Astonishingly, for three awful days, it became the world’s biggest story. But more of that later.

"The first time I became body-conscious was when I was nine and went to the water park with my cousin. We were having a blast going down the slide when this dude at the top goes, "Sorry, man, pregnant ladies are not allowed on the slide." The first five people behind me were like, "Heeheehee!" I went and put my shirt on… for the rest of my life."

Smith goes on to describe in detail that famous Southwest Airlines incident, which he calls "the worst three days of my life." It’s a poignant tale of personal embarrassment and torment that’s definitely worth a full read.

Click here to view Smith’s full column.

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