Thanksgiving, historically one of the worst travel days of the year, got a little more interesting this year. A man named Elan Gale live-tweeted his interactions with the obnoxious woman a couple seats over. As The Daily Dot reports, “Gale tweeted his passed “notes” with a fellow passenger on his plane, after a flight delay caused her to complain.” While Gale tweeted pictures of his notes to the mysterious “Diane,”
speculation has arisen that she may not actually be real, or that she may BE real and suffering from cancer. Either way, Gale, a producer on The Bachelor, comes off looking a bit…nasty. In any case, the story took off, perhaps relating to the “angry customer” narrative so popular on Black Friday. As one tweeter, @benschwartzy, put it, “Somehow the guy who produces “The Bachelor” managed to turn an emotionally distressed woman into entertainment. #GoFigure”
Whether or not Diane is real, this story is an interesting snapshot of what it takes to make something go viral. In Gale’s case, all it took was some clever staging, an engaging narrative, and a slow news day.