A White couple next-door to an Airbnb, barges into the Black renter’s home, and question his occupancy of the house in the now viral video.
No one likes to be investigated like a criminal out of thin air, especially if you literally did nothing. Well, this ‘Karen and Kevin’ couple had different thoughts.
As coronavirus restrictions ease in some areas of the world, online businesses like Airbnb are able to reopen their services. However, this state of normalcy brought back some primal problems to the surface once again. This dynamic duo thought it was okay to trespass into their neighbor’s house to question the Black Airbnb occupant for being ‘suspicious’. Watch it for yourself:
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White people literally just OPEN THE DOOR and walk right into a home being leased by a Black man from AirBNB. They weren’t asked to do this. They just did it. And had the nerve to stay there and try talk about it. Whiteness is a dangerous thing. Can you imagine having the nerve to just walk right into somebody’s home??
What Went Down
After white couple’s failed heroic escapade, the two attempt to back away from the scene. However, the Airbnb renter turns Karen’s inquisition back onto the couple by questioning if all of their actions were motivated by his skin color. The fumbling husband apologizes, meanwhile the wife gets irritated, and tries to justify their actions.
You would think at this point they would just stop, and immediately exit the premises. But, alas, Karens would not be Karens if they quit before they looked stupid.
After getting into a nonsensical part of the conversation, the husband begins to understand their mistake, and finally initiates the action to leave the place. However, they neglect to close the door behind themselves. (Interesting because they sure knew how to open it) The disturbed renter goes to the door, and tries to make a final sense of the events.
The apology at end feels genuine, but it’s a little too late following the long awkward interaction between the threesome.
On Monday, October 19th political activist and writer, Shaun King, shared the video on Facebook and Instagram which immediately went viral with over 2 million Facebook followers and 3.7 million Instagram followers. It garnered 30,000 reactions on Facebook, 20,000 upvotes in reddit from the upset audience, and 1.7 million views on Instagram.
The Internet Reacts
We are at least glad that the situation was dissolved without the police intervention. However the Internet had some strong opinions. Here are some of them:
This reddit user said, “This lady was so close to seeing how f**ked up and inappropriate she and her husband were, when the occupant asked if they would be scared if someone just came into their home like that. But she then continued to put the blame on others. Also hilarious she ‘Knows the owner; but doesn’t know it’s an AirBnb.”
Marcell comment from Facebook read “This continued for about 2 minutes and 30 seconds longer than it should have.”
Many were confused for the reason the couple barged into the house uninvited, and placed themselves and the renter in possible danger.
This person is confused about the couple’s final plan “If they were that concerned and knew the owner, they should have called him instead of barging inside. If the house was actually being robbed. What exactly was their plan lol.”
Henderson here was concerned about the couple “These people put themselves in danger by walking into a house uninvited. This could have had a really bad ending.”
This facebook user’s comment read “The man stayed calm because we all know the police would have been called. He was trying to relax so he chose to defuse the situation.”
This is not the first Karen and Kevin to makes fools of themselves in believing that they are some authority figure that needs to protect their White neighborhoods. And, unfortunately, they will not be the last. It is important that we hold each other accountable when you notice racial profiling take place.
Moral of the story: You are not the police. You are not a detective. You cannot barge into people’s homes. And as always, do not call the police unless someone is in immediate danger.