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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Finally, I Won’t Feel Discriminated Against When I Anonymously Rent a Car

posted by on June 24 at 14:49 PM


Because—just like when I’m checking into a one-bed hotel room with a guy—I’m always worried the online reservation form will judge my lifestyle.

Instead, I’d feel discriminated against driving the pink car around town, except: 1) I don’t drive. 2) Zipcar doesn’t actually have any pink cars. I called them, and the receptionist said she’d never come across any pink cars and she was sorry about that.

Happy pride pander week!

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Better to be pandered to than ignored completely.

Posted by me | June 24, 2008 2:51 PM

I hate Gay Pride ever since it got so commercial...what happened to the true meaning of Pridemas?

Everyone should just go to a bar, get wasted, blow someone in the backroom and get arrested by the vice squad because the bar owner didn't pay the cops off.

Posted by michael strangeways | June 24, 2008 3:00 PM

Michael, how would that be any different from any other weekend for most of us???

Posted by jhell | June 24, 2008 3:12 PM

am i to assume that zip car's other cars are heterosexual?

Posted by sir jorge | June 24, 2008 3:16 PM


The Stoli ad has rainbows.

Posted by The Peanut Gallery | June 24, 2008 3:16 PM

Well, on the rare occassion when I drink a Budweiser, I don't get hit on by beautiful women with huge tits in tight red swimsuits, either.

Posted by him | June 24, 2008 3:21 PM

@6 - you're doing it wrong.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 24, 2008 3:33 PM

I love seeing the pride ads by your typical Super Bowl beers, like Bud and Coors, with their rainbow colors and wink-wink/nudge-nudge phrases. I wonder if the people in Nascar-loving parts of the country even know that they exist.

Posted by JC | June 24, 2008 3:41 PM

BUT, the pink gay zipcar flyers have a code to get $75 free driving if you sign up. That covers all the various signup costs, plus you get $25 more if a current zipcar member refers you.

So, what they're saying is they'll GIVE you money to zipcar if you're gay.

Posted by poppy | June 24, 2008 3:45 PM
Zipcar doesn’t actually have any pink cars.
Looks like affirmative reporting.
I called them, and the receptionist said she’d never come across any pink cars and she was sorry about that.

Is the absence of confirmation from a receptionist the only support here?  That'd be a weak sourcing standard for dinner conversation, much less published reporting (however tongue-in-cheek).

Posted by lostboy | June 24, 2008 3:51 PM

Lostboy... The receptionist at the national office said she'd never seen any pink cars listed among the stock, so I asked if there was a way to verify. She said she would contact the folks who manage the national inventory. After putting me on hold for about three minutes, she came back and said that, according to the person she spoke to, there were no pink cars listed in national records.

Posted by Dominic Holden | June 24, 2008 4:00 PM

Quand il me prend dans ses bras, il me parle tout bas, je vois la voiture en rose.

Posted by kinaidos | June 24, 2008 4:04 PM

Show your Pride® with new Gay® cars from Zipcar!! Vomit.

Posted by Grumpy | June 24, 2008 4:21 PM

Dominic @11, thanks for the elaboration.  Instead of absence of confirmation, we have confirmation of absence.

Posted by lostboy | June 24, 2008 4:22 PM

Please Dominic, at least you're not being insulted like every presumably straight man is when it comes to advertising.

So many products advertised to women feature a woman that makes "smart shopping choices" and an incompetent husband or husband who just doesnt understand anything.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | June 24, 2008 5:04 PM

A recent WSJ article claimed that Zipcar users are increasinlgly being required (by local governments) to pay the same taxes as traditional rental car users. Is that true in Seattle? Just curious.

Posted by Nightlifejitters | June 24, 2008 5:41 PM

Excellent post, Dominic.

Posted by Boomer in NYC | June 24, 2008 5:44 PM

The more commercial gay pride week becomes the less interesting it becomes. I remember hooking up at the parade on Broadway just 10 years ago. Now it is clean wholesome family fun. Fuck Pride, have an orgy instead and bring the condoms!!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | June 24, 2008 5:46 PM

I feel discriminated against when I rent a car, but it's because I'm not 25 yet.

Posted by w7ngman | June 24, 2008 5:47 PM

Until they bring out plug-in hybrids, they can't really be gay ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 24, 2008 11:42 PM

How many Gay people have pink cars, or even really want one? Stereotyping Gays in advertising does not make me want their support.

Posted by inkweary | June 25, 2008 11:14 AM

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