Well that’s embarrassing.
Here’s a helpful rule to live by: before you tell the world there was absolutely and definitely an ISIS flag at a Gay Pride parade, you must first make sure it is not actually a flag covered in dildos and butt plugs.
Unfortunately, CNN’s international assignment editor Lucy Pawle did not heed this warning over the weekend when she thought she had uncovered the scoop of the century.
At London’s Gay Pride Parade she boldly announced, “This man dressed in black and white was waving what appears to be a very bad mimicry, but a very clear attempt to mimic the ISIS flag.”
She continued, “If you look at the flag closely, it’s clearly not Arabic.In fact, it looks like it could be gobbledygook.”
Sure, It COULD be gobbledygook – if that’s what the young kids are calling dildos and butt plugs nowadays…
But Ms Pawle wasn’t done.
She said, “I seem to be the only person who had spotted this! And nobody seems to be raising any questions or pointing it out!”
Er…that’s because pointing out a flag with wangs and sex toys at a pride rally is like pointing out the person who listens to music too loudly on public transport; it’s nothing too extraordinary and you will always expect that there’s at least one.
DECIDE FOR YOURSELF: Watch the stomach-churning, face-wincing exchange for yourself.
As a comparison, here is a picture of an ISIS flag. Study it carefully. Note the ARABIC words, written in Arabic script, not dildos and butt plugs.
Poor Pawle, how could she have known?
Probably by doing some basic research, we guess.
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