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CNN Fail Mistakes Dildo Flag for ISIS Banner at London Gay Pride

By James O Malley on at

It has been a transformative week in America, where many old expectations have been turned on their head: Same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states, the country has taken a bold step towards universal healthcare as Obamacare has been upheld and the once celebrated Confederate flag has at long last been consigned to the dustbin of history. So you can perhaps forgive American journalists for wondering if black is white, if up is down and if ISIS has taken a surprisingly progressive stance on homosexuality.

The last one isn't too far from the truth, as during the Pride celebrations on Saturday CNN reported on how one of its producers had spotted the menacing black flag of the so-called Islamic State. In this video, they even call in a national security analyst to comment: Why were Islamic extremists at pride? Should we be worried?

Sadly for CNN, it turns out that on closer inspection the purported ISIS flag was in fact a parody - having replaced the Arabic characters claiming that "There is no God but Allah" and a representation of the seal of Muhammed with, umm, sex toys. Yeah, look closely and you'll see...

Amusingly the reporter on screen described how she seemed to be the only person who had noticed the Jihadi menace - with even police on the scene not recognising the evil symbol.

It is probably a good thing that ISIS didn't turn up, not least because it would have been embarrassing for Pride organisers who had previously banned UKIP's LGBT wing for marching. In the event they turned up anyway, not with scary flags but with a sign that says "Vote Labour? I'm Gay, Not Stupid!". [Evening Standard]