CNN International’s Lucy Pawle saw something disturbing when she left work Saturday, or at least she thought she had. What she thought she saw was a man dressed in black waiving an ISIS flag in London’s annual gay pride parade.
“This man dressed in black and white was waiving what appears to be a very bad mimicry, but a clear attempt to mimic, the ISIS flag,” Pawle said. “The black and white flag with the distinctive lettering. I mean, if you look at the flag closely it’s clearly not Arabic. In fact, it looks like it could be gobbledygook. But it’s very distinctive, the ISIS Flag.”
Pawle went further in her description, ending with “Anyway, I seemed to be the only person who had spotted this. And nobody seemed to be raising any questions or pointing it out,” she said.
She told an event organizer and the police.
So why would the flag of a terrorist group notorious for murdering civilians, particularly gay civilians, be flying at a gay pride parade? Well, what was unnoticed by Pawle was that the writing was not Arabic, as she correctly pointed out, but it was also not gobbledygook – it was something else entirely.
Someone on Twitter looked at the flag more closely and noticed it was not writing at all, it was sex toys. A black and white flag with sex toys on it, not an ISIS flag at all.
— Kelly (@Kelly_lynn10) June 27, 2015
CNN appears to have removed the video from their website, but the Internet is forever.
The mockery, as you might suspect, quickly followed.
CNN does a report on ISIS flag at gay pride rally…turns out it was just a bunch of dildos
— Olivia Claire (@OClaire1029671) June 27, 2015