Partnering with a country that won’t let women drive is a huge PR blunder for Uber

Err, isn’t the point of Uber that you don’t have to drive?

18 thoughts on “How so?”

  1. Nah. The point of Uber is to make money for people; but all dressed up in “gig economy” or “sharing economy” BS.

    But when you get down to it, to no-one’s surprise, they’re a taxi-dispatching service who choose to ignore local rules and regulations and then whine about it when called out.

    Given the general honesty and pure-white-virginal-ethics of the taxi trade, I reckon they’re a good fit.

    (Oh, as to taking money off the Saudis – the more Uber has, the less they have, which sounds a good move)

  2. I think their point is that the revenues obtained from Saudis will be dwarfed by the lost revenues from SJWs in the West who then boycott Uber in protest?

    Of course there are two major problems with this theory.

    1) There are a tiny swarm of SJW retards in the UK – Grauniad readership was 250,000 and shrinking last time I looked.

    2) Revealed preferences – SJW talk a good game but they all still buy their coffee at Starbucks despite being united in faux outrage at their tax status.

    In summary, the actual cost of any PR fail will be close to zero.

  3. The SJWs are happy when their heroes (Corbyn, Livingstone) get paid by Iranian State TV, hardly a beacon of human rights for women.

    As always, the ‘principle’ is tactical.

  4. “As always, the ‘principle’ is tactical.”

    As we say over here, they have ‘principals, not principles’.

  5. I’d have thought the Saudi law banning women being alone in a car with a man who is not her husband is more relevant in this case. But I guess journalists don’t know about that one.

  6. Tim Newman said:
    “Saudi law banning women being alone in a car with a man”

    So only threesomes are allowed? Have they thought this one through?

  7. Bloke in Costa Rica

    This must have caused some anguish. Does the Grauniad allow its distaste for the ‘sharing’ (read: non-unionised) economy outweigh its wish not to say anything unkind about the mediaeval Wahabbist barbarians, who normally get the not-being-Westerners pass?

  8. Well, *someone* has to drive (for now) – it just won’t be a female.

    As for SJWs… Don’t be surprised if Uber are already anathema to them. ‘Brogrammer culture’ and all that jazz.

  9. I read that story as Saudis are investing in Uber, not that Uber were going to do business in Saudi Arabia?

    (Supping with the devil and long spoons jumped to mind.)

  10. Lots of women drive in Saudi, it’s just illegal. Lots of people in the UK drive without a licence too.

    If you’re rich or have connections then you just pay the fines and occasionally your husband has to bail you out – but generally you only take his car out for a spin because he got another mistress or something and you want to cause him some trouble

  11. Despite the Saudis being foreign and Muslim, the SJWs loathe them with a passion. It’s nothing to do with human rights, women driving, bloggers being lashed; but simply because Saudi has shed-loads of money and they won’t give a drop of it to the SJW whiners. The Iranians figured out long ago that it’s best to send a few shillings their way (per Rob’s comment above).

  12. Ivor,

    “There are a tiny swarm of SJW retards in the UK – Grauniad readership was 250,000 and shrinking last time I looked.”

    But loud. And sometimes that works. 50,000 of them sign a petition and companies that don’t sell to labour voting vegetarian hippies lose their mind.

    It’s why I really like Michael O’Leary. He’s completely in touch with who pays his bills and tells everyone else where to go.

  13. Vox Media has had funding from a number of PE funds. It’s highly likely that Saudi, or Emirati or Kuwaiti or Qatari money is invested in one of those funds.

    No doubt the writer will feel no hypocrisy, just like the Graun writers moaning about tax avoidance.

  14. Ivor,

    Meant to add: Intel have teamed up with Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency as part of an SJW shakedown. Which means my next desktop will have an AMD processor in it.

  15. The Inimitable Steve

    And for people worried about issues like gender equality, customer privacy, and human rights, it’s hard to imagine a worse choice for Uber’s newest board member.

    Eh, why? Will they behead you if you eat chips in the back seat?

  16. And for people worried about issues like gender equality, customer privacy, and human rights,…

    Meanwhile, customers don’t give a shit.

  17. But aren’t Saudis the chair for the UN human rights comittee, so if it’s good enough for them surely it’s ok for everyone else

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