CNN Yanks Story After Reporter Claims ISIS Flag Was Seen At London Pride

Via Raw Story:

A man trolling the violently homophobic Islamic State at a London gay pride event got extra troll points Saturday for duping CNN. CNN reporter Lucy Pawle was at the event when she stumbled upon that man, who to her bewilderment, everyone seemed to be ignoring. Turns out his fake “ISIS flag” was made up of images of dildos, Mediaite discovered. Pawle tells CNN anchors that she was leaving work when she happened upon the annual London Gay Pride festival. She was shocked to see a man dressed in black and white carrying what she called “a very bad mimicry” but a “very clear attempt to mimic the ISIS flag.” Taking a closer look, she could tell the writing was not Arabic. No one else seemed to be concerned about it, so she went to the event organizer and the police, both of whom seemed to brush her off.

CNN quietly removed the story from its site but the below mirror of the clip has gained over 700K views since last night.

  • GarySFBCN

    Sadly, this is not at all surprising. CNN is an info-tainment organization and a crappy one.

    • Let Me Enter(tain) You

      I strongly disagree. This is EXTREMELY entertaining.

  • Justin

    And CNN sinks to new lows in poor reporting and complete lack of research.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Faux News wannabe.

  • Michael Rush

    i’ve looked at both flags and they are too similar for it to be a coincidence . the person who designed this flag was aware of how much it looked like the ISIS flag and knew it would generate controversy , this flag being used in a gay pride march is especially inappropriate given the atrocities committed against gay persons ( stoning , shooting , throwing off roofs , public torture , some of which i’m sure you can find on video )

    • lymis

      The lettering is made of dildo shapes. That’s pretty clearly a parody intended to MOCK ISIS, not to praise them.
      Clearly, it went over too many people’s heads. If he’s guilty of anything, it’s overestimating his audience.

      • Michael Rush

        it’s a bit like parodying the nazi flag at a jewish event ( to draw attention to some product , dildo or otherwise ) and criticizing anyone who questions it as in good taste or appropriate .
        ( i’m usually not this humorless !).

        • AtticusP

          that wasn’t my take on it at all.

          I interpreted as: “Here’s your flag, ISIS. shove it up your ass. “

          • Michael Rush

            i like that people have different takes on it , for me it has that ” desperate for attention ” quality .. now i feel like the Phyllis Schlafly in the room . i guess it’s like something i might have thought was funny in my 20’s ( or done myself ) but wouldn’t do now .

          • AtticusP

            You would know if Phyllis were in the room: it would start smelling like King Tut’s tomb.

          • Rolf

            Haha no, Tut was embalmed with all kinds of rare perfumes and resins. Phyllis just smells like Dove soap and farts.

          • ZhyKitty

            I was picturing more of a lingering scent of mothballs and mummy-dust wafting from the opening of her skirt when she walks.

          • bambinoitaliano

            ISIS publicized the execution of gay men. This flag essentially is a big fuck you back to them. We cannot compare our North America political climate to UK or Europe. They are under more threats by the ISIS and domestic terrorists than us over here. The political reaction will be different between two continents.

          • Toasterlad

            That is the correct take.

        • drawman

          It’s a classic resistance tactic of gay or other marginalized cultures. In this instance an individual is re-appropriating a symbol of oppression toward the aim of self empowerment/creativity/self expression.

        • grada3784

          Take 20 doses of the Producers (both versions) and call us in the morning.

      • Câl

        I wasn’t there but one of my friends saw him go by in the parade and the parade members and people watching most certainly got the joke and were fully in support of the mockery (though some thought it too soon after Tunisia, but clearly planned before that). I think this “journalist” may have been further goaded by people there who couldn’t believe her naivety and didn’t explain it to her and just let her rant. Sarcasm and mockery of the wilfully ignorant are a very British thing.

    • Toasterlad

      You just outlined exactly why it was appropriate.

      • Michael Rush

        after the world trade center there was a long period where you could not joke about it , after a certain time the jokes did appear and i suppose the public was ready for them . while i get that this is rebellious / funny i got more the feeling that the timing is not right . i see that other people don’t feel this way which is fine . looking forward to the day when ISIS is actually wiped out rather than simply mocked .

        • Toasterlad

          As long as people are unwilling to publicly mock ISIS, they will never be wiped out.

    • shivadog

      “The person who designed this flag was aware of how much it looked like the ISIS flag” Really? And here I thought is was just a random dildo flag that happened to resemble the ISIS flag.

  • She didn’t stop to think, “who?” or “why?” If she had, she would have reasoned that it was ironic immediately. Not a journalist, just a talking head.

    • IamM

      It seems the part where she just happened upon it is a lie.

      If she actually saw it in person, she should’ve asked another spectator what they thought of it.

  • SockMikey

    Here’s a closer view of the flag showing Sex Toys on fake flag.


    • Homo Erectus

      Oh, my!

    • IamM

      👍. The ‘script’ across the top is interesting too.

    • yep. that looks just like arabic script. i mean, it’s not at all clear that’s parody. anyone could make that mistake, they are so similar.

      can i have a job as a cnn reporter now?

      • IamM

        Lighten the hair a little more or get a condi do, and with those kinds of distorting skills you could be on Faux news. 😅😘

      • Philly Mike

        You are too intellegent and would go crazy trying to act that stupid no matter how much they paid you.

      • JoeNCA

        Who says gays are afraid to mock Islam?

  • Homo Erectus

    I just spit my tea all over the keyboard. Can’t wait to see Bryan Fischer’s outrage at this.

    • bambinoitaliano

      That’s a tough choice for him. Assaulted with imagery of dildos and butt plugs or the threat of beheading.

  • Sam_Handwich


    Not only dildos, but butt plugs too!

  • joeyj1220
  • DaveDocSC

    She should get an Emmy for stupid reporter of the year. Wow!

    • RoFaWh

      Stupid? Or merely extremely innocent and naive? Or both?

  • bkmn

    Who would ever think that a gay man could be snarky?

    • ZhyKitty


  • bkmn

    Since this is CNN she is probably up for a promotion. She got more page hits in 24 hours than anything else on

    • bambinoitaliano

      I’m sure Fox is vying for her service. Megyn Kelly is cursing herself for trying to sound smart among the dumb blondes.

    • Paula

      I take it that she is not an Oxford graduate.

      • HAAAAAAA

        Cambridge… Must be……

        • Paula

          I was thinking maybe the Boroughbridge School of Journalism and Chicken Farming.

  • Wally

    Troubling crazy stuff.
    Just in case, I’m going to hang out with the guys today and do some
    hunting, fishing, tip a few beers and then some.

    • Rolf

      I get that it stops things from flopping around, but how on earth can that not be uncomfortable?

      • IamM

        And do they feel naked if it slips out?

    • Aurvara

      I was about to say that at least it’s a solution to those last drops, that no matter how much you shake, leak out to stain your briefs.

      That is not a problem these guys would have anyway.

  • canoebum

    Unfortunate concept. The silly, clueless reporter aside, the real ISIS will not see the humor in this and may decide, like Charlie Hebdo, that Pride Parades should be attacked. This guy’s provocation may not end well for a lot of innocent people, whom he’s just painted as targets.

    • Paladin SF

      I don’t think ISIS supported gays to begin with. BTW…

      • zhera

        Well that’s one way to make use of your stigmata…

      • canoebum

        Well, we all knew that, but what’s the sense in poking a hornet’s nest?

        • Paladin SF

          It all leads to a heckler veto moving on what can be said or done onto radicals.

        • Toasterlad

          Because if you don’t stand up to organizations like that, they grow in power and influence.

          “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety” – Ben Franklin

          • canoebum

            There are other means to confront them, aside from this juvenile provocation. I’m not suggesting that ISIS not be confronted, but there’s little point to purposely directing their attention to a yet another segment of the population.

          • Toasterlad

            What you call juvenile provocation, others call political satire.

            ISIS has demonstrated over and over again that their attention is already all too focused on the LGBT segment of the population. Unless you’re prepared to pick up a gun and go fight them in person yourself, it it petty and unbecoming to criticize others willing to publicly mock and belittle them.

          • canoebum

            I did not mock the guy who made the flag. I personally, can see the humor in it. The problem is the people at whom he’s has directed his satirical creation are famous for having no sense of humor at all. Their typical reaction is to pick a gun or grenade and kill as many people as possible. My point, and my only point, was that it was an unfortunate concept in that it will bring deadly attention to vulnerable crowds, who gather and parade in known locations, in colorful clothes, on advertised dates, in cities across the world. I am sad because this will likely lead to violence against our community. It’s bad enough that they kill every suspected gay person they come across, why invite them to our parades by specifically taunting them with a flag intended to be offensive to them?

          • Toasterlad

            If you live your life in fear of violent homophobes, you are doing their work for them.

          • canoebum

            You really are quite dense, aren’t you?

          • Toasterlad

            You really are quite cowardly, aren’t you? Are you still blaming the victims of Charlie Hebdo for making those crazy people shoot them?

          • canoebum

            We’re finished here.

          • Toasterlad

            Hope you learned something.

        • BobSF_94117

          Mockery of the enemy is a human trait and a tactic of war.

  • DumbHairyApe

    Ummmm….am I the only one who noticed Joe’s use of the word “Yanks” in his headline??? Sexy pun, or am I just a dirty, diumb hairy ape?

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      He is being assimilated by the Brits!
      Resistance is futile!

      • RoFaWh

        You will eat your Marmite!

        Also your spotted dick.

        I think it’s Heinz that sells spotted dick in a can. Just immerse the can in boiling water for X minutes, open, and serve with either of the two traditional toppings, golden syrup or custard.

        It turns out to be a very delicately flavored (you might call it bland) steamed pudding that’s not bad at all. I can sometimes buy it at some groceries here, including Walmart of all places.

        Funny story about spotted dick: some officious PC type decided to take it off the regular menu at an English old folks home. (Clearly, whoever masterminded this had a dirty mind.) The old folks rose up in rebellion and forced its return to the menu. There have also been attempts by prudes (a class of people with extremely dirty minds) to rename it to something they find less offensive.

        • 2guysnamedjoe

          Where are the One Million Mums?

        • Robert W. Pierce

          The canned version is nothing like the freshly made one, no comparison and not bland.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Every which way you want :p

  • DaddyRay

    And you just know WND, Breitbart and other wing nut sites will get caught up in the punk

  • Jude Newton

    When Lucy Pawle said “you can see the distinctive lettering” I actually yelled out loud “No shit, Sherlock!” That poor reporter. She’s going to have a shitload of packages on her desk next week from people sending her “research” material!

    • forcebear

      I’d call that a job perk.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Well, whether this was wise or not, I’ll never see an ISIS flag again without thinking of dildos and butt plugs. Too funny!

    • Gindy51

      And that is exactly why the man made it.

    • Homo Erectus

      Can you spot the imposter?

      • Ginger Snap

        Haaaaaaaaa! This is awesome.

  • bryan

    Nothing to worry about. It just turned out to be weapons of ass seduction.

    • bambinoitaliano

      For the weak asses it will be destruction.

      • RoFaWh

        “Gather ye rosebuds while you may”

  • Paul Forsyth

    I agree with the comments of poor reporting here. But I must say I think the fake ISIS flag is a joke in very poor taste.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Maybe politically in UK, they are much more reactive to the ISIS than North America.

      • grada3784

        Especially with the Tunisia incident so fresh.

    • Toasterlad

      It is always in the best of taste to mock homophobic powers and regimes. That’s how we win.



  • Does this come in a True Type font? Maybe Times New Penis or New Century Dildo? What about Gill Strap-on Bold? Baskerville Buttplug? Didot Doubleheaded?

    • carrot festival

      You can kern my ligature anytime.

      • SophieCT


      • Ah, so you’re an Goudy Assblaster Swash kind of guy.

        • carrot festival

          Goudy Old Style 😉

          • I have that in a swash too — in hot lead!

    • DumbHairyApe

      Dildo sans.

      • John T

        No serifs on my dildos, please. Maybe some ball terminals or swashes if you’re feeling extra frisky.

      • Joseph Miceli

        ” We are a Fortune 500 Company. Please don’t use Dildo Sans.”

    • JulieBL

      Okay, laughing so loud I woke up the dogs.

      • ZhyKitty

        I laughed so hard, I had coconut bubble-water come out of my nose. Very painful. Hard to believe I spent the 90’s sucking powder up my nose on purpose.

    • TKW

      And my favorites Dom Casualfuck and Homo.

  • When the guy marched past us it was clear what was on the flag and why. Poor Lucy Pawle thought she had napped a career making scoop. Perhaps she can be forgiven because clearly if ISIS was going to infiltrate London Pride, the group they’d be marching with would be “The Alien Sex Club” of Liverpool… LOL!!

    • Lane

      Why is no one commenting that the guy holding the flag is pretty hot?

  • Mark_in_MN

    One has to wonder what sort of reaction she expected when she went to a police officer.

  • radiofreerome

    It’s just possible this guy was satirizing ISIS.

  • JaniceInToronto

    So has CNN retracted the story and apologized for incredibly bad reporting?

  • Baltimatt

    Others have mocked the flag:

  • D. J.

    They convict people of crimes based upon witness testimony every day. This is yet another demonstration of the lack of accuracy of witness identification.
    How dare he dress in black and white rather than colours.
    She knew it was not an ISIS flag, by her own account.
    Monica Cole, time to start worrying… have major competition in the useless busy body business.
    The woman needs to do community service in a sex toy store. That would be an interesting story.

    • ColdCountry

      His clothes may be black and white, but so are a nun’s. Did she look at what he was wearing? Color aside, he’s looks pretty fabulous to me.

  • KnownDonorDad

    I wonder what “dildo dildo buttplug” translates to in Arabic?

  • Richard

    What do ya know…CNN WRONG again ! What buffoons, and who uses “gobbledegook” ?

  • KaBoomBOX

    Mocking not mimicking. #eyeroll.

  • ColdCountry


    Well done, Lucy, well done.

  • Ireyon

    Clickbait meets hypersensitivity. What could go wrong?

  • sherman

    I follow this guy because he has good stuff, it has nothing to do with his picture. Absolutely nothing, ok? Nothing!

  • Jeffrey

    I loved this story. Every year news stations send their idiots to a gay pride parade to shoot a spectacle of everyone acting crazy in thongs and wearing wigs (because most straight people are apparently titillated/outraged by this) only this time they got trolled SO hard that I would be surprised if poor Lucy is able to get a job covering pet weddings for the local newspaper. Good for you Lucy, for uncovering the secret dildo code that ISIS uses to radicalize assholes and pussies. Please accept the Edward R Murrow Grave Spinning Award for excellence in journalism.

    • ZhyKitty

      *Crying laughing*

  • BobSF_94117

    Do heterosexuals just not have a gene for mockery/irony?

    • Paula

      They must. We had to inherit from somewhere. Maybe the gene is inactivated in heteros?

      • ZhyKitty

        Can’t be in all of them…some of my kids are straight..and one of them is just plain fucking hilarious. If he could somehow make a living off of trolling, he’d be a rich man, indeed.

  • BobSF_94117

    I’m guessing Lucy Pawle is going to have a sex toy appear on her desk every morning for at least a month.

  • what the fuck. someone is carrying a piece of cloth and it is time to call the cops? at least they weren’t in the u.s. – the fellow would have been tackled and tased and stuck in jail on material support charges.. that is if he is white.

  • Octavio

    “It obviously isn’t Arabic and kewd be come king of gobble y gewk . . . ”
    They are silhouettes of dildos, butt plugs and other fun stuff ya dumb bitch! Oh, the horror, the sacrilege, those big meanie gays making fun of something so terrible!

    And today, in other news, the World is still spinning.

  • fkevin

    A sex toy font for sending distinctive notes to Ms. Pawle:

    Lucy: Have you seen anything distinctive today? Any gobbledygook?

  • sherman

    And for pride parades in Dixie

    • Homo Erectus


  • Joseph Miceli

    If you can’t identify a fake dick when you see one, maybe you shouldn’t be reporting the news. Maybe her editor needs a new job, too.

  • pepón

    Come on guys, this poor girl. We’ve all had our blond days. She will be the butt of all jokes for the rest… wait… never mind.

  • Carl

    Well middle America is now more enlightened! LOL!

  • SockMikey

    WATCH: John Oliver gleefully shreds CNN’s ‘7 spectacular minutes of idiocy’ spent on ISIS sex toy flag