MadeinTYO Boycotts Uber, Pledges to 'Lyft Everywhere' in 2017
On Saturday night (Jan. 28), Uber was the target of criticism after tweeting that they would turn off their surge prices for potential riders coming from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport. The tweet came after New York taxi drivers rallied together at the airport to protest against president Donald Trump's decision to impose an immigration ban on Muslims entering the country.
"Surge pricing has been turned off at #JFK Airport. This may result in longer wait times. Please be patient," tweeted Uber. Riders then began tweeting #deleteuber.
MadeinTYO also joined in on the campaign. "Usta uber a lot , not no moeeee," he tweeted. The Atlanta rapper then pledged his allegiance to Uber's rival Lyft by announcing "2017: @lyft everywhere." His label, Private Club Records, lent their support and urged followers to delete Uber on Twitter, as well.
Lyft has been proactive in their support of immigrants. On Sunday (Jan. 29), the car service promised its users that the company will donate $1 million over the next four years to the American Civil Liberties Union, after a federal judge temporally blocked Trump's ban to deport immigrants and green card holders from seven predominantly Muslim countries (Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen) and detain them at U.S. airports.
"Banning people of a particular faith or creed, race or identity, sexuality or ethnicity, from entering the U.S. is antithetical to both Lyft’s and our nation’s core values," Lyft's statement read. "We stand firmly against these actions, and will not be silent on issues that threaten the values of our community."
Surge pricing has been turned off at #JFK Airport. This may result in longer wait times. Please be patient.— Uber NYC (@Uber_NYC) January 29, 2017
usta uber a lot , not no moeeee— TOKYO ✘ (@madeintyo) January 29, 2017
2017: @lyft everywhere— TOKYO ✘ (@madeintyo) January 29, 2017