Memo to CNN International reporter Lucy Pawle: It may be time to bone up on your flags, get your eyes checked, or both.
Pawle was reporting on a gay pride parade in London Saturday, when she noticed what she relayed back to anchor Suzanne Malveaux as “a man dressed in black and white … ‘waving what appeared to be a very bad mimicry but what appeared to be a very clear attempt to mimic the ISIS flag, the black-and-white flag with the distinctive lettering.'”
It turns out the “distinctive lettering” was actually an assortment of dildos and butt plugs (don’t ask) rendered in a style reminiscent of the terrorist group’s Arabic messages and preferred white-on-black color scheme:
Unfortunately for the network, the report went live before anyone in the studio realized that CNN had not scooped the rest of the world by being the first to call out the presence in a gay rights parade of terrorist infiltrators.
“I seem to be the only person who has spotted this, and nobody seems to be raising any questions,” Pawle told Malveaux via telephone from London. Malveaux herself wondered aloud whether the flag is a warning of an imminent attack in London, telling her audience: “This is our next location, this is our next attack.” The network even brought national security analyst Peter Bergen on board for its “exclusive’ report,” The Hollywood Reporter notes.
CNN has scrubbed the video of the report from its site. A YouTube version still exists and has been embedded below.
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