By now, most everyone has heard the story of Steven Slater, the fed-up Jet Blue flight attendant that refused to take any more crap from passengers and made a unique exit from the airplane he flew into New York on. Â His name became headline news and t-shirt fodder. Â He became a Facebook sensation. Â In short, he was granted his 15 minutes of fame. Â And with it came videos, parodies, and songs. Â One of the best of the latter is Jimmy Fallon’s “The Jet Blue Song: The Ballad of Steven Slater.”
Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” tells the Steven Slater story and uses it as an inspirational, a do-it-yourself, up-by-your-bootstraps ditty for the working stiff. Â It’s about making yourself feel better and doing it with style.
Playing on the old doctoral adage of “Take two aspirin and call me in the morning,” Jimmy Fallon told his audience and the world to “Take two beers and jump.”
Sometimes you have to have a little faith that you will land on your own two feet when you do something precipitous, like going over a Jet Blue public address system, saying “To the passenger who called me a ‘m***** f*****,’ f*** you!?”, grabbing two beers, engaging the release mechanism of the emergency exit chute, and jumping for it.
Steven Slater did just that (“Take two beers and jump”)Â and has become a symbol of the frustrated American worker. Â Although he was arrested and faces seven years in prison (he was charged with several criminal counts), he has gained notoriety and fame that could garner him millions in endorsements, interviews, guest appearances, and reality show casting.
Ultimately, and strangely enough, Steven Slater’s is a story of hope…
So, for all those who have slogged away at a job for a decade or two, taking untold crap from bosses, colleagues, and clientele — or just having a bad day — this video’s for you. Â Check out Â Jimmy Fallon’s “The Jet Blue Song: The Ballad of Steven Slater.”