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Comedian Hannibal Buress has found a new calling: Advocating for landlords all across America.
The former Broad City actor snubbed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for rallying for rent control apartments, which would ensure Americans have access to affordable housing.
“Wrong,” Buress wrote in response to Sanders’ tweet calling for the implementation of a national rent control standard.
Wrong. https://t.co/Psroq98CYd— Hannibal Buress (@hannibalburess) October 30, 2019
Buress took things a step further and shared a series of pro-landlord tweets and even suggested his 1 million plus followers on the social media platform donate to the Illinois Rental Property Owner’s Association.
“Irpoa.org Please donate,” Buress wrote.
https://t.co/c0FQo5TvjX Please donate— Hannibal Buress (@hannibalburess) October 30, 2019
Buress then responded to a question about how much is appropriate to tip landlords.
“20% minimum. 25% during holidays,” he responded.
20% minimum. 25% during holidays https://t.co/eJxaf1ICK6— Hannibal Buress (@hannibalburess) October 30, 2019
Buress also took a stand in solidarity with Idaho’s landlords who are reportedly paying a larger share of the state’s property taxes.
“Stay strong y’all,” Buress tweeted, along with a news story about the tax hikes.
Stay strong y'all.— Hannibal Buress (@hannibalburess) October 30, 2019
Buress’ strong rent control views have people questioning whether he’s a landlord, with some calling for him to be canceled for his “pro-landlord activism.”
“OK, landlord,” Twitter user @joylneskujos sarcastically tweeted.
Ok, landlord— theresavalo (@joylneskujos) October 30, 2019
Others shared memes, using his own popular sayings against him.
While some would hope Buress’ tweets were written in jest, it is possible that they do reflect his opinions on home rentals. Back in 2016, the comedian told the Chicago Tribune that he recently became a landlord after purchasing three buildings in the windy city. So many believe he is quite serious about his pro-landlord stance.
“Gee I wonder why you’d feel that way,” Twitter user @TigerSammich wrote, sharing a part of the Tribune’s story about Buress becoming a landlord.
the landlord is anti-rent control? who could've seen this coming— Hannah Judd (@pomo_sapiens) October 30, 2019
After becoming a trending topic, the comedian used his moment of Twitter infamy to push some merch, including hoodies with a screenshot of him on The Eric Andre Show getting booed for trying to correct the host on the number of years Barack Obama would serve as president.
“Why you booing me? I’m right.” he told the crowd.
Evidently, Twitter does not agree with him this time.
Tiffanie Drayton is a geek culture and lifestyle reporter whose work covers everything from gender and race to anime and Xbox. Her work has appeared in Complex, Salon, Marie Claire, Playboy, and elsewhere.