Brianna Wu is a video game developer running for Congress in Massachusetts' 8th District. Like many people, she took to Twitter on Sunday following the controversy surrounding United Airline's decision to prevent two young girls from boarding a flight because they were wearing leggings.
United justified the strict dress code enforcement because the fliers were United pass travelers and were subject to a different set of rules. Why? Because they're dependents of United Employees, or United Employees themselves, who can board planes for free on a stand-by basis.
Wu was one of many that threatened to boycott the company following the controversy.
But some of her followers defended the airline, including pilot Quincy Fleming who pointed out that most airlines enforce strict dress codes on people travelling for free.
Wu responded to Fleming in tweets that have since been deleted. Pro Publica's tweet archiving website Politiwoops archived the exchange.
The problem with Wu's accusation of mansplaining? Fleming is a woman.
Fleming wrote in further tweets that Wu has since blocked her.
I am a woman, but she assumed I was a man because I am a pilot and I have a non gender specific name. 2— Quincy Fleming (@QuincyFleming) March 27, 2017
People were pretty amused by the screw up.
It is freaking hilarious. I'm not exactly a poster child for the right here.— Quincy Fleming (@QuincyFleming) March 27, 2017
This seems like an honest mistake, but you do have to admit, it's hilarious.