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John Oliver Reams CNN for Mistaking Gay Pride Dildo Flag for ISIS

screen_shot_2015-06-29_at_11.31.42_amIt’s been two days since CNN spent an entire segment analyzing an “ISIS flag” spotted at the London Gay Pride Parade which turned out to be a parody flag full of dildos and butt plugs. The network has not once addressed the embarrassing mistake.

During the CNN segment, reporter Lucy Pawle remarked on how astonishing it was to see no parade participants asking questions about the flag flying among their crowd. Enter John Oliver.

“I’ll tell you why they weren’t raising any questions,” the HBO host said Sunday evening. “That’s not the ISIS flag. That’s a flag with dildos and butt plugs all over it. And yet, for more than seven spectacular minutes, CNN had it onscreen, even calling one of their ‘terrorism experts’ to try and figure out why ISIS might be marching with the gay community through London, which did seem surprising.”

Why hasn’t CNN addressed the mistake? “Probably because it would be too embarrassing to have a professional journalist say, ‘I’m sorry. Despite working at CNN, it seems I don’t know what a dildo looks like,'” Oliver surmised.

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