Airbnb hires actor Danny Glover as part of latest diversity push
Airbnb has hired Lethal Weapon actor and political activist Danny Glover as a US advisor in a bid to counter allegations its service discriminates against non-white guests. In a statement, Glover says: “Airbnb has had its own share of challenges in this arena. I want to help it make a positive change.”
Airbnb commissioned a report last year saying it would revamp its anti-discrimination policy. Glover’s appointment, meanwhile, follows a recent partnership with civil rights group the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to expand the online rental marketplace’s dedicated services to minority groups.
Just last month, a US Airbnb host was found guilty of racial discrimination after cancelling a woman’s reservation by making a racist remark. The host was ordered to pay £5,000 in damages.
Atari sues Nestle for using its Breakout game without permission
Retro gaming giant Atari has sued Nestle after an advertising campaign for Kit Kat heavily referenced its classic racing game Breakout without permission.
In a complaint shared in California’s federal court, attorney Keith Wesley said: “In 1975, two little known but up-and-coming developers — Steve Jobs and Steve Wosniak — created Breakout for Atari, which was then looking to follow up on its groundbreaking hit game, Pong.
“Forty years later Nestlé decided that it would, without Atari’s authorization, leverage Breakout and the special place it holds among nostalgic Baby Boomers, Generation X, and even today’s Millennial and post-Millennial ‘gamers’ in order to maximise the reach of worldwide, multi-platform advertisements for Nestlé KIT KAT bars.”
According to Wesley, Nestle’s unauthorised use of the game’s name and visual likeness has hurt Atari’s bottom line, which is bolstered by licensing revenues. He says it will also make it harder for Atari to partner with brands in advertising partnerships in the future.