People Who Are Destroying America - Lynn Harrell

  • Aired:  07/15/13
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When classical cellist Lynn Harrell tries to obtain frequent flyer miles for his partner, Cello Harrell, one airline decides to fight back. (7:05)

JAIL ONCE.

FOLKS, IF THIS TRIAL PROVES

ANYTHING -- AND I'M NOT SURE IT

DOES BECAUSE THE PROSECUTION

CERTAINLY COULDN'T -- IT'S THAT

AMERICA...

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

IT'S THAT AMERICA HAS NO

PATIENCE FOR TRANSGRESSORS.

WE PUNISH THEM HARSHLY, THOSE

WHO BREAK OUR STATE OR FEDERAL

LAWS GO TO JAIL WHILE THOSE WHO

BREAK OUR MORAL LAWS GO INTO NEW

YORK CITY POLITICS.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

RECENTLY, I FOUND ONE MAN WHO

POSES OUR COUNTRY'S GREATEST

THREAT.

HE IS LIKE AL CAPONE MEETS THE

UNABOMBER STUFFED INSIDE

VOLDEMORT AND SMOTHERED IN A

CREAMY CHARLES MANSON SAUCE.

AND TONIGHT I DO MORE THAN JUST

BRING HIM TO JUSTICE.

I BRING HIM TO BASIC CABLE.

JIM?

>> AMERICA IS A GREAT NATION.

BUILT ON A FOUNDATION OF SACRED

TEXTS.

BUT SOME PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND

THAT.

THEY DEMAND WE EMBRACE THEIR

DEVIANT LIFESTYLE.

>> ARE YOU SAYING IT'S

PERVERTED?

IT'S NOT THAT WAY.

IT'S SOMETHING BEYOND YOUR

PREJUDICED POINT OF VIEW.

>> THIS MAN WANTS TO REDEFINE

TRADITIONAL RELATIONSHIPS.

>> I'M LYNN HARRELL, AND I'M A

CONCERT CELLIST.

>> AND LYNN HARRELL IS ONE OF

THE PEOPLE DESTROYING AMERICA.

>> HOW DARE YOU.

FOR YEARS, CONCERT KREFLIST

LYNN HARRELL HAS FLOWN THE

GLOBE.

ON A PLANE LIKE THAT ONE RIGHT

THERE.

THAT'S A PLANE.

>> LONDON, PARIS, ROME, NEW

YORK, SAN FRANCISCO, ET CETERA,

ET CETERA, ET CETERA.

>> AND HE'S ALWAYS JOINED BY HIS

LIFE-TIME COMPANION.

>> MR. CELLO HARRELL.

AND LYNN HARRELL DEMANDS HIS

PARTNER, MR. CELLO SIT IN A

CABIN SEAT.

BUT ONE AIRLINE IS FIGHTING

BACK.

THE MOST AMERICAN AIRLINE,

DELTA.

>> DELTA AIRLINES KICKED ME OUT

OF THEIR SKY MILES PROGRAM.

>> TELL THEM WHY, LYNN.

I HAVE A CELLO.

AND THEY CONFISCATED MILES FOR

MY CELLO.

AND THEY PUNISHED ME FOR HAVING

A CELLO.

>> NO, LYNN, THEY PUNISHED YOU

FOR OPENING A FREQUENT FLYER

ACCOUNT FOR YOUR CELLO.

>> I DESERVED IT.

DELTA NOTICED HE WAS DOING

THIS, REACHED OUT TO HIM AND

TOLD HIM THAT THIS WAS AGAINST

THE RULES.

HE SHOULD NOT DO IT ANYMORE AND

HE DID.

>> GARY LEFT IS "THE" EXPERT AT

FREQUENT FLYER MILES.

THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO SAY I'M THE

EXPERT AT FREQUENT FLYER MILES.

>> PEOPLE LIKE THIS.

AS A SCHOLAR OF SKY MILES, GARY

LEFT BELIEVES IN TRADITIONAL

MEMBERSHIP.

>> I THINK IT'S BEYOND

INAPPROPRIATE TO SET-A SKY MILES

ACCOUNT IN A CELLO'S NAME

BECAUSE SKY MILE ACCOUNTS ARE

FOUR HUMAN BEINGS.

>> SO TO GET RID OF HARRELL,

DELTA DID THE ONLY THING THEY

COULD.

NO, BUT THAT IS COOL.

>> MY CO'S MILES WERE

CONFISCATED.

I WAS ALSO CONFISCATED OF ALL

LYNN HARRELL MILES MYSELF

BECAUSE I'M THE TRAVELING

COMPANION.

AND I WAS NEVER ALLOWED TO

ENROLL IN ANY KIND OF DELTA SKY

MILES PROGRAM IN THE FUTURE.

>> AND THAT'S NO LAUGHING

MATTER.

TELL THEM WHY, GARY.

>> THEY KICKED HIM OUT OF THE

PROGRAM.

HE'S NO LONGER WELCOME.

>> BECAUSE SKY MILES ARE A

SACRED UNION BETWEEN ONE HUMAN

AND ONE AIRLINE.

TRY TELLING THAT TO LYNN

HARRELL.

>> I DO NOT LIKE THAT BECAUSE I

THINK OF A CONCERT CELLO OF

BEING LIKE A FELLOW HUMAN BEING.

I CALL IT A NAME AND I THINK

IT'S ALIVE AND LIVING AND

COMMUNICATES ABOUT DEEP

FEELINGS.

>> FEELINGS HE CAN'T KEEP TO

HIMSELF.

>> I FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS

LARGE INSTRUMENT.

IT'S BEEN THE GREATEST GIFT THAT

I'VE EVER RECEIVED.

>> OH, AND HE GIVES AS MUCH AS

HE RECEIVES.

>> I JUST ROMANTICIZE THE

RELATIONSHIP THAT I HAVE WITH

THIS BOX.

THE VOICE IS THERE IN THE

INSTRUMENT WAITING TO BE

AWAKENED.

I RUB MY HANDS OVER THE STRINGS

AND SUDDENLY IT'S ALIVE.

THE CELLO HAS BEEN MY COMPANION

MY ENTIRE LIFE.

>> YES, HIS ONLY COMPANION.

IF YOU DON'T COUNT HIS WIFE

ELLEN.

ONCE AGAIN GARY LEFT.

>> DELTA TOLD HIM IT WAS AGAINST

THE RULES.

IT WAS AGAINST THE RULES.

I MEAN... AND I MEAN...

>> GO AHEAD, GARY.

YOU GOT THIS.

>> THEY TOLD HIM IT WAS AGAINST

THE RULES.

IT WAS AGAINST THE RULES.

>> GOT IT.

AGAINST THE RULES.

AND RULES ARE MEANT TO BE

FOLLOWED.

EVEN IF SOMETIMES IT'S HARD.

AND NO ONE KNOWS THAT BETTER

THAN GARY.

>> I START COLLECTING MILES IN A

SERIOUS WAY 16 YEARS AGO.

OVER 20 YEARS AGO I WAS

TRAVELING A GOOD BIT EVEN TO

AUSTRALIA.

>> THAT'S WHEN HE STRAYED FROM

THE PROGRAM.

>> I'M EMBARRASSED TO ADMIT THAT

I LET MY MILES EXPIRE.

>> BUT GARY HAS COME AROUND AND

NOW HE'S IN A COMMITTED

RELATIONSHIP WITH DELTA SKY

MILES.

>> I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT IT.

I DO IT ALL THE TIME.

I LOVE MY MILES.

>> AND THAT IS LOVE AS DELTA

INTENDED, NOT LYNN HARRELL'S

UNNATURAL MAN-ON-CELLO MILES

ACCOUNT.

BUT NO SURPRISE LYNN SEES

HIMSELF AND HIS CELLO FELLOW HAS

THE VICTIMS.

>> I JUST WANT DELTA AND ALL THE

AIRLINES TO TREAT EACH AND EVERY

INDIVIDUAL EQUALLY NOT JUST HAVE

LIP SERVICE TO IT.

BUT WE'RE STILL IN THE STAGES

WHERE THERE'S DRINKING FOUNTAINS

FOR COLORED AND THERE'S DRINKING

FOUNTAINS FOR WHITE ONLY.

SOMETIMES I FEEL AS THOUGH I'M A

LITTLE VOICE IN THE FOREST

TRYING OUT BUT NOBODY IS

LISTENING.

>> OH, WE'RE LISTENING, LYNN.

THAT'S HOW WE KNOW THAT YOU ARE

A PERSON DESTROYING AMERICA.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.