hand giving thumbs-up to man in upper story of wooden/cardboard structure


‘#ThisIsAmerica’: Man waves from his 2-story ‘cardboard condo’ in viral TikTok

'That sh*t's hard, homie!'


Cecilia Lenzen

Internet Culture

Posted on Feb 10, 2022   Updated on Feb 16, 2022, 12:59 pm CST

A viral TikTok video shows an unhoused man waving from what looks like a two-story cardboard fort in downtown Los Angeles.

The man stands on the second floor of the structure and holds a “for sale” sign out of an opening before disappearing back inside. A person behind the camera films from a car and gives the man a thumbs-up. “That shit’s hard, homie!” the person behind the camera yells.

In the caption, TikToker @hoodstockpodcast called the fort a “cardboard condo.” The footage garnered nearly 450,000 views on TikTok by Thursday.

Some commenters made light of the cardboard condo and cracked jokes, while others said it was a sign of the country’s state. Los Angeles news publication Laist reports that in 2020, there were more than 43,290 unhoused people in the city.

“#ThisIsAmerica,” one viewer commented on the video.

Some viewers made sarcastic guesses about how much it would cost to rent or buy the cardboard condo given its premium location in downtown Los Angeles, where the median home price is over $627,500.

“For sale only 300k,” one viewer guessed.

Another viewer commented, “On the market in LA for a modest 250k.”

“Just found it on trulia [a real estate website], 90k,” another TikToker joked.

“That’s the Ritz Carboardton!” someone wrote.

Several viewers commented that they wanted a tour of the condo, and some said they were surprised at the apparently functioning stairs.

The Daily Dot reached out to @hoodstockspodcast via TikTok comment.

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*First Published: Feb 10, 2022, 6:55 pm CST