Airbnb’s Cuba Libre: Room and Coke?

Now that America and Cuba are on speaking terms again, it’s only natural that U.S. businesses get down to business, Havana-style.

An early entrant is Airbnb, which ran this ad in yesterday’s New York Times:


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Aircba is all the rage nowadays, as the Googletron attests.


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It’s one more indication of capitalism’s Fidel-ity to the nearest buck.

In this case, just 90 miles away.

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3 Responses to Airbnb’s Cuba Libre: Room and Coke?

  1. Bill says:

    If you have ever seen Guys and Dolls, you know that lead character Sky Masterson (Marlon Brando in the movie) is suckered into a bet that he can get get prim and proper Sister Sarah Brown (who runs a Salvation Army-like mission in New York, and is played by Jean Simmons) to come down with him to pre-Castro Havana for the weekend. In those days, flying to Cuba was the place to go for fun, gambling, and more for just a few days or a week.

    • Campaign Outsider says:

      Hey, Bill – love Damon Runyon, liked the original movie of Guys and Dolls (but Brando was terribly miscast), loved the 1992 Broadway production with Nathan Lane as Nathan Detroit, Peter Gallagher as Sky, and Faith Prince (fabulous!) as Adelaide. And, yes – Cuba was all glamour back then.

  2. Bill says:

    You remember 1992? I’m impressed! And yes, Brando was miscast in G&D–that’s why I assumed it would be the same sort of miscasting when he did the role of Marc Anthony is the film of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (1953)–yet he was fantastic; his funeral oration in the film was (and still is) stunning. Go figure…

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