For a moment, a “straight pride flag” was raised in the New Brunswick village of Chipman, and from the reaction in some quarters, it seems the symbol ranks right up there with the swastika.
Chipman resident Glenn Bishop and 11 others were behind the idea of raising the flag to show support for straight people, and whether one agrees or not, it’s a free country and we have freedom of speech and expression, right?
Well, maybe not. In little Chipman, population 1,100, some members of the LGGBDTTTIQQAAPP community went bonkers, so it was promptly taken down.
A report from the CBC noted that – shockingly – the straight pride flag flapped in the wind for “almost a full day.” Can you imagine?
But don’t think that the flag coming down was the end of the story because now, those of an alternate lifestyle are demanding the village issue a grovelling apology.
Even so, it turns out this hysterical protest over a silly flag was a major fail for three reasons — not the least of which is the backlash that may now come due to the Streisand effect.
If nobody raised a fuss about this flag, it would have briefly flapped unnoticed in the wind but thanks to the temper tantrum that ensued, the straight pride flag story went viral.