Black Airbnb Guests Called ‘Monkeys’ By NYC Host, Kicked Out In The Middle Of The Night
Airbnb has since released a statement regarding the incident.
June 03, 2019 at 1:19 pm
A racist Airbnb hostess called a group of Black men “monkeys” moments before tossing them out of her New York City apartment.
In a now-viral video, The Caged Bird restaurateur Meshach Cisero and four other men were harassed in a racist tirade over Airbnb accommodations. The video, published June 1, caught yet another instance where Black people are terrorized while using an airbnb property. Cisero recorded the host, who was only identified as Kate, hurl the racist slur at the guests.
Footage from the incident captured Kate called the men monkeys. There was a debate over the number of available sleeping areas in the apartment. The chef believed there were five spaces, pointing out the couch in the apartment was the fifth space.
“It says four and a couch, so that's five. You have that on your Airbnb description,” Cisero said.
However, the host claimed there were less. Kate asked, “Which monkey will sleep on the couch?”
As tensions escalated, the host told the guests to exit the apartment. Cisero said in an Instagram video the host allegedly felt unsafe by their presence. She accused them of being thieves and vandals.
"Her reasonings were because she felt unsafe, we were going to steal and destroy her property, and then told us to 'Get the f**k out of her house immediately!' We cooperated and began to pack our things to leave."
The woman reportedly entered the room while one of the guests were in the shower. Members of the group asked for privacy but Kate remained belligerent. Soon as the group packed and prepared to leave, the police were called out to further diffuse the situation.
“She became so angry, rude and disrespectful that we had to call @NYPD because we weren't sure if she'd attack us while trying to leave," Cisero added.
Airbnb responded to the viral video after the video made it to Twitter. In a tweet, the company apologized and promised to help find the guests a new place for that night.
"The language used in this video is unacceptable and has no place in the Airbnb community," the tweet from the company read.
In an additional statement, Airbnb public affairs rep, Ben Breit, said, "We have a strict nondiscrimination policy, which we are enforcing to remove the host from our platform. We are supporting Mr. Cisero and his friends in getting them a new place to stay through our Open Doors policy.”
The language is unacceptable and has no place in the Airbnb community. We’ve removed the host from our platform and are supporting the guests with a new place to stay. We’re thankful to them for bringing this to our attention so we could take action.— Airbnb (@Airbnb) June 2, 2019
The chef updated concerned supporters with another video via Instagram stories, asking Airbnb to hold hosts like Kate accountable for their blatant racism.
"I am glad that we can shed light on this and hold these people accountable, we can hold our host [Kate] accountable and we can hold Airbnb accountable for these services that they offer us but are not living up to our expectations' he said in the video.