Hollywood Heavyweight Shouted Down at Rally
I love the companies like AirBnB. What a concept? Taking all the available rooms people may be willing to rent, and allowing people to “couch hop”.
One would think that Leftists would love such an idea. Instead of staying at some overpriced hotel room, one can stay with a stranger in a new city. Get to meet new people, and share experiences. Isn’t this what life is supposed to be about.
Further, AirBnB is capitalism for everybody. You don’t have to build a huge brick-and-mortar facility to accommodate your guests. Your home is your castle that you agree to share for a much reduced price. Affordability for almost everyone, and an “open borders” concept, though the owners agree to open their borders of sort.
Actor Danny Glover, a rabid Leftist seems to like the concept. However, Glover was shouted down at a rally for Airbnb hosts recently in the New York state Capitol.
The people who objected to Glover’s appearance were none other than activists working on behalf of a union for hotel workers. These workers infiltrated the event and began heckling the 71-year-old actor.
Glover had just began speaking at the rally when the protesters began yelling over him, accusing the longtime liberal activist of betraying minorities and the poor by working as a paid adviser to Airbnb. One heckler noted the effort was organized by the Hotel Trades Council, a leading opponent of Airbnb.
“You used to be on the right side!” one heckler yelled.
If you’ve stayed at the hotel in NYC, you know it’s like passing a kidney stone to afford the place, particularly Manhattan. A regular hotel in The Big Apple can easily set you back $350+ a night. To help put this in perspective, the same digs only bigger in say Tennessee might be $80 a night.
Peak period in NYC, and that same hotel might be $2,000 a night.
I’ve stayed at both hotels and AirBnB in NYC.
When Fox puts me up, they get a corporate rate at a decent place, and the tab is still $400+ a night. Hard to believe that I stay in a place for one night that used to be my rent for a month when I was in college.
At the AirBnB I stayed at, I paid $125 a night, when hotels jumped up to over $500 a night. After meeting the future thespian at his place of work, I was presented keys to 440 square-foot Shangri La. My host worked as a bartender/extra actor, so I’m sure he needed high occupancy to afford the almost two-bedroom 6th floor walk-up apartment in Manhattan. I had no idea what a walk-up was, until I lugged my luggage and 45 pound (too much junk) backpack upstairs to his place.
Whatever visual you may currently have to for the place, let it go. You haven’t seen anything like this.
The owner of the place “renovated” his apartment to get the extra income. He ran air ducts to what appeared to be a modified closet that presented as a “second bedroom”.
I remember opening to doors into the kitchen-slash-bathroom. That’s right. The kitchen shared space with the bathroom.
The sink in the 10×10 kitchen doubled as the sink in the bathroom; it was directly to the left as you entered the unit, as was the shower.
Toilet “booth” at about 11 o’clock, 8 feet away, adjacent the stove. A rack stored the pots/pans and spices, and a tiny fridge stood on the wall perpendicular to the “toilet booth” and stove.
You got to the “guest room” through the owner’s closet. Unlock one door, and an 8 by 9 foot oasis awaited.
The bed I slept in literally bowed upward in the middle. It you pushed the middle down, the sides then flared up.
My host was a nice young man. He was obviously gay, and of a Latino persuasion. He modeled, and who knows what else besides the aforementioned jobs. I suspected there could be more to the story.
My host’s bedroom stood behind a locked door that abutted the “toilet booth” and shower. I did my business in NYC, and returned on my first night of a two-night booking, and he was watching TV. He was very welcoming, and we chit-chatted for about 10 minutes. Though tired, I didn’t want to be rude.
He asked how the accommodation were, and I replied that they were more than acceptable. What would the truth change anyway, right? We discussed his career, and I asked if I could help in any way. He seemed pleased to know I’d be willing to promote him. I meant what I said.
I doubt he ever looked me up, or maybe he did. After all, we were to be roommates for a time. I researched him, as much as I could. I got reviews on his AirBnB site. They pretty much got things right, so I shouldn’t have been surprised. I booked the place due to price of hotels, and proximity to my business dealings.
All things said, I glad I got the experience with AirBnB. My sons have one it quite a bit as they gallivant around the world. While it’s not for everybody, AirBnB offers a change. A good change at that.
So why the intolerance towards linking people?
Though my experience wasn’t the Waldorf, it certainly made for an interesting story.
As for Glover, the star of the “Lethal Weapon” series left the rally. I’m sure he was thinking, “I’m too old for this!”