Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Hilarious! YouTuber buys town and renames it Gay Hell in protest against Trump administration's Pride flag ban

A YouTuber has bought 'Hell' and renamed it as part of a protest against Donald Trump's ban on Pride flags.

Elijah Daniel, who has more than 500,000 subscribers, has splashed out on the town called 'Hell' in the state of Michigan.

And his first act as owner was to rename it 'Gay Hell'.

He said it is an act of protest against the Trump administration recently rejecting requests from US embassies to fly the rainbow flag, a symbol of gay pride, during the month of June in celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month.

The town is about 15 miles northwest of Ann Arbor and is believed to have a population of about 70 people.

The 25-year-old tweeted: "Ahead of pride month Trump's administration put a ban on embassy's flying pride flags

"So as of today, I am now the owner of Hell, Michigan. I bought the whole town. And my first act as owner, I have renamed my town to Gay Hell, MI. The only flags allowed to fly are pride."

He has since clarified that his flag rule is intended as a joke and there will not be a ban on other flags.

The comedian and musician, who has more than 500,000 YouTube subscribers, said the acquisition was intended to enhance his political portfolio by engaging his followers.

"I have a young audience who is 16 to 24 who would not be involved in politics if it wasn’t in a funny or meme way," Daniel said. "I'm just trying to have fun and get my audience politically active."

He also hopes it inspires people to visit Michigan.