Airbnb rebrands as a San Diego terrorist organization
I recently stumbled across a tweet that began with "In San Diego," and as anything I see across my TL that begins with "In San Diego," I read it knowing I was either going to be very hyped or very heated. It's always one or the other. In this case, this tweet happened to be a sponsored ad from Airbnb that followed with:
"15 percent of @Airbnb hosts are teachers.
That's the 2nd highest percentage of teacher hosts in the U.S.
And they earned $2.7M last year by sharing their homes."
Teachers just trying to get by -- innocuous enough. Or at least that would be the case if Airbnb wasn't currently in the midst of a massive propaganda campaign specifically targeting San Diego. This includes, but is not limited to, hundreds of thousands of dollars in depressing ass social media ads and paid petitioners armed with wild ass misinformation.
Really, on any given day, you can scroll through your TL and see the occasional Airbnb ad -- some dealing with ol' Johnny Boy from Pacific Beach suffering from brain cancer and needing Airbnb money to survive, or some about starving teachers like the one above. If you happen to stumble across a real life Airbnb ad, also known as those people posted outside of Walmart tryna get your signature, well, they also come with similar bold statements meant to make you feel like a piece of shit. "Do you care about affordable housing and making sure people don't die? Alright, sign this shit that don't got nothing to do with it." Life or death marketing.
But why? Why is Airbnb hell-bent on guilt tripping our whole city into supporting their cause? Well, as they would like to frame it, the city of San Diego wants to destroy Airbnb and wipe out any hints of the app, in turn ruining a basic source of income for thousands of people. The truth: Airbnb is full of shit.
The problem isn't that San Diego hates Airbnb, the problem is that people who have the money to buy property (rich people) are buying low cost property with the sole intention of making them short-term rentals for out-of-towners on Airbnb. Property that could otherwise be used to rent out to, you know, people in San Diego who need places to live.
As a result, in June 2018, the City Council placed a ban on short-term vacation rentals of properties where the owner does not live in. Meaning no, not a ban on Airbnb in general, but a ban on greedy people tryna make an easy come-up in the midst of a housing crisis. A rule that many cities faced with a similar crisis have already enacted, such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City.
Plus, last I remember, mfs making under 40k a year don't got the money to be buying out property in the first place. So, when Airbnb makes claims that short-term rental regulation will stifle the income of starving professionals, who's truth are they really defending? Don't fall for the Babylon ting, boycott propaganda machines.