Airbnb’s policy to prohibit hosts from discriminating against LGBT customers has given rise to possibly the most ridiculous website ever.
In response to Airbnb’s tolerance requirement Russian travel website, My Linker, has created a “Gay Locator” tool. One of the company’s representative’s, Rodion Kadyrov, claims that the search will help weed out gay hosts and travelers since everyone should be able to decide who stays in their home. “To deny gay people – it’s fine if we’re talking about freedom of choice.”
“It’s simple. Airbnb’s position on this issue was not close to us,” he added. “We started thinking about this and somehow came to the idea – to find out how many actually gays live in every city in Russia and conduct research.”
But, frankly, the supposed “research” is a complete joke.
“The website’s questionable methodology for ‘measuring gays’ relies on tracking the number of online requests for pornography in a city and compares it to the number of Internet searches for gay porn, and then applies the differential to the city’s total population and ‘calculates’ the LGBT population,” My Linker reports.
When typing Moscow into the Gay Locator, a warning message popped up stating:
“In the city of Moscow, there are 173,851 gays! Oh no! In this city, there are lots of gays! DANGER!”
Then below, it says “Get instructions for how to fight off the gays from MyLinker.ru”
I’m not quite sure we’ve ever seen anything so ridiculous!