CNN thought it had found an exclusive story about an ISIS flag being waved during a Gay Pride event. Just one problem: The flag was actually a fake. Instead of Arabic symbols, it featured dildos and butt plugs.
The moment in question took place Saturday afternoon, where CNN’s Lucy Pawle was reporting in London. She claims she happened to come across the Gay Pride Parade and noticed the supposed ISIS flag in the crowd. So she took some photos and sent them back to the network. Pawle then got on the phone and discussed her findings with an anchor.
“All of a sudden, this man, quite distinctive from the rest of the crowd, he was dressed in black and white whereas everyone else was brightly colored … was waving what appeared to be a very bad mimicry, but a very clear attempt to mimic, the ISIS flag,” Pawle said on the air. “The black and white flag with the distinctive lettering.
Pawle added that the writing on the supposed ISIS flag was “clearly not Arabic” and could even be “gobbledygook.” Still, she found it odd that no one else at the parade had noticed the flag before her. She even called local authorities in London, but none of them had any idea there was an alleged ISIS flag roaming around the city.
But as it turns out, there was a good reason no one in England was freaking out about this “ISIS” flag at a Gay Pride event. The supposed “gobbledygook” was actually a group of sexual images, including dildos and butt plugs.
The rest of the segment featured Pawle and a security expert discussing the possible implications of an ISIS flag at a Gay Pride event. Clearly, neither they nor the anchor realized that the flag was actually made up of dildos.
Unsurprisingly, CNN has since removed video of the segment from its website, though it still survives on YouTube. And naturally, it has quickly gone viral on social media.