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ISIS Dildo Flag Maker Slams CNN’s ‘Clearly False’ Report

PicMonkey Collage - CNN ISIS FlagOn June 27, CNN international Reporter Lucy Pawle had one of the biggest cable news goofs ever when she reported on an ISIS flag at a gay pride parade in London, when it was actually a spoof depicting the Arabic script as sex toys. On Tuesday, Paul Coombs, the flag’s creator, wrote a piece for The Guardian about why he created the flag, while also blasting CNN’s less-than-accurate reporting.

“The decision to make the flag was a simple one,” Coombs wrote. “It has become a potent symbol of brutality, fear and sexual oppression. If I wanted to try and stimulate a dialogue about the ridiculousness of this ideology, the flag was key.”

Coombs went on to say that Islam in general was never the target of his lampoon, but hoped that his flag would have the strongest possible voice if he took it to an event celebrating the polar opposite of ISIS principles. Coombs said that three policemen came up to him during the event, telling him that while his flag might cause trouble, they grinningly “[acknowledged] immediately that these were definitely dildos and butt plugs.”

Hours later, Coombs wrote, he saw the CNN’s mistaken report, and that #DildoIsis was spreading across Twitter:

“How could a report so hysterical and so clearly false possibly get onto the air, discussed by a terrorism expert? CNN correspondent Lucy Pawle described my flag as a “very bad mimicry” but the only bad mimicry I could see was CNN’s impression of a reputable news organization. What does this say about every other report that they broadcast? And why have they not mentioned it since?”

Coombs concluded by saying, “On a message board someone posted: ‘Whenever I see the Isis flag anywhere, all I can see is dildos!” With that, Coombs declared, “Mission accomplished.”

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