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The Hot Pink Emoji House in Manhattan Beach Has a Way Weirder Origin Story Than You Thought

The property manager for the pink house said it's just a piece of art, but neighbors believe the reason behind the painting of the house is vindictive.

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    Neighbors Say Bright Pink Emoji House is Revenge

    A Manhattan Beach home, painted hot pink with two very distinct emojis, is an eyesore to neighbors who insist that it's revenge after they reported the owner of the house for illegally renting it out. Eugene Kang reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019. (Published Friday, Aug. 2, 2019)

    A bright pink house with emojis plastered on it in a swanky stretch of Manhattan Beach, blocks from the sand, has neighbors rolling their eyes and insisting a more dastardly motive behind the blush.

    But the homeowner says it doesn't have anything to do with a perceived battle, and everything to do with her love of art.

    "I feel very very bullied! Bullied and harassed by her," a neighbor, with long eyelashes — she says just like the emoji face that was painted on the home — said. She asked to remain anonymous. 

    The fight over the fuchsia began months ago when pink property owner Kathryn Kidd said several residents reported her home to the city.

    She began listing the home on 39th Street near Highland Avenue as a short-term rental — which is illegal in the city of Manhattan Beach. Airbnb had not yet confirmed that the home was listed on its site. 

    Kidd said she simply made a mistake.

    She paid the $4,000 fine for renting out the home, back when it was a pale sandy color, and turned the home into a long term rental.

    Kidd lives a couple blocks away and said she hired a painter known as "Z The Art" on Instagram to brighten up the home.

    "It has nothing to do with short term rentals. It doesn't have anything to do with any of the neighbors over there," Kidd insists.

    But other neighbors still believe it is an eyesore, and a form of retaliation. 

    "I don’t think of it as artwork. I think of it as an F U!" an anonymous neighbor said.

    The neighbor who decided to remain anonymous said she felt the emoji house was painted to make fun of her and was a personal attack on her.

    Two emoji faces, both with long black eyelashes, were painted on the home. One is a silly face, and the other dons a zipper covering its mouth. 

    "I think it means to shut up, stop talking — zip your lip," neighbor Dina Doll said. 

    Kidd stood behind her reasons and said she is an art collector and loves emojis. She said the zipper emoji has to do with her daughter. She also said that it is a message to young women to cover up their bodies in order to protect themselves.

    "The zipper relates more to fashion and to protect young women from exposing themselves because of all the weirdos around," Kidd said.

    Neighbors said they're not buying Kidd's story, and believe the house is ruining their property value.

    "I don’t know what’s going to happen but we're going to go after her with everything that we can," the neighbor said while in tears.

    NBCLA is awaiting comment from the city on the pink house hubbub. 

    "It is my building and I choose to paint it the colors that I want," Kidd said.

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