Airbnb Made a Simply Brilliant Product to Protest Australia’s Lack of Marriage Equality

A ring that's incomplete for a reason

Some design projects are so amazingly simple and on point, you wonder why no one thought of them earlier. Case in point in this Airbnb campaign, in which the hospitality brand is protesting the ongoing lack of marriage equality in Australia—by marketing a ring that’s incomplete.

The gap in the ring, of course, represents the gap in marriage equality. Airbnb is encouraging people to wear the ring, which it’s calling The Acceptance Ring, as a way of showing acceptance of marriage equality—and support for those Australians who cannot yet marry.

The campaign is called “Until We All Belong” and was created by Clemenger BBDO Melbourne. The matte black metal ring was designed with help from Marc Newson and is engraved with the words “Until We All Belong” on its interior.

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The work fits perfectly with Airbnb’s global mantra of fostering acceptance and belonging for all people everywhere. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky says he hopes the work will put marriage equality back on the political agenda in Australia, where the government has blocked it despite 75 percent of citizens supporting it.

“Openness and belonging are at the heart of Airbnb—it’s at the core of what we do every day,” he says. “We are committed to helping people belong no matter where they are in the world and strongly believe that everyone should have the right to marry the person they love. This is an opportunity for people to show their support for marriage equality—not just those within the LGBTQI+ community, but for anyone to make their support for a brother, sister, parent, friend or loved one known.”

The campaign is also being supported by some of the Australia’s biggest brands, including Qantas, Google, ANZ and eBay, and in collaboration with the Equality Campaign.

CREDITS
Client: Airbnb
Agency: Clemenger BBDO Melbourne
Media: Starcom
Production Company: Revolver/Will O’Rourke/The Glue Society
Photography: Map Ltd & Derek Henderson
PR: n2n Communications