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WTF, People are Combating Facebook's Rainbow Avatars With American Flags

By Alissa Walker on at

In what is clearly an attempt to combat all that gay in their timelines, some US conservative types are calling for 'true Americans' to cover their profile photos with American flags instead.

To counter the 26 million or so Americans who have added rainbow flags to their profile pics to celebrate marriage equality, those against the ruling are slapping stars and stripes across their avatars. Huh?

Can they not see how using the American flag might be confusing? Some might say that never in its entire history has the American flag stood for equal rights as much as it does right now. Now that the Supreme Court of the United States of America has legalised gay marriage in the United States of America. See what I’m saying? Nevertheless...

A tool similar to Facebook’s rainbow-maker can be found on RightWingNews.com. I wasn’t able to find too many people who had used this specific tool (which to be honest doesn’t work very well) but there were certainly plenty of avatars which had been American-ized, with some people like this radio host promoting the tool itself:

WTF, People Are Combating Facebook's Rainbow Avatars With American Flags

I did also find a conservative dog who was speaking out against the Supreme Court ruling:

WTF, People Are Combating Facebook's Rainbow Avatars With American Flags

The American flag as a symbol of anti-gay marriage sentiment is just sad. First of all, it’s not really the opposite of a rainbow flag, it’s more pro-US. It’s especially misguided because so many people will be wearing and/or waving American flags this weekend (with the approach of Independence Day, the 4th July) maybe even more than usual to celebrate a very good week for the country.

Update: There are some other American flag profile generators (here and here) which claim they are purely patriotic in their intentions (at least, they might be?). Which makes it even more awful that some are trying to convince others to use the American flag imagery as an anti-rainbow symbol when some people might actually want to show how proud they are to be Americans. Oh, and there’s also a Russian flag generator which is supposedly not anti-gay but some have decided to use it that way, just because it’s not rainbow. [The Independent]