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Mormon Couple Hangs 'Family' Flag To Protest Pride Month—And Photoshoppers Got To Work

Mormon Utah mom April Wilde Despain posted a photo of her 'family' flag hanging outside her family's home, only for it to be turned into brutal memes.

April Despain's flag and a tweet reaction
@AprilDespain/Twitter; @KristinChirico/Twitter

April Wilde Despain—a self-described Mormon "homeschool mom" who is "not a member of or believer in the LGBTQ religion"—caused quite a stir recently when she and her husband posted a photo of their "family flag" outside their home as a response to Pride flags.

More than any year in recent memory, the bigots are really out in force this Pride Month—and it's only the first week.

But LGBTQ+ people and allies are absolutely not letting them get away with it without a fight as the bigoted Utah couple found out.

Their flag is printed with "A Proclamation To The World" so lengthy and tiny you kind of have to wonder who exactly April thinks she's reaching with her flag's message.

Anyway, April and her husband shared their "Proclamation" flag photo on Twitter.

Despain's flag was meant to be an answer to the Pride flag, but the similarities stop at the word "flag."

Because whereas the Pride flag is composed of a handful of colors, Despain's is composed of interminable prose roughly the length of Anna Karenina.

The flag is so wordy in fact that the print is too small to read unless standing a foot from it.

Vexillologists were appalled.


But according to people on Twitter with a magnifying glass, their "Proclamation" is the usual far-right Christofascist boilerplate with a little extra Mormon zing.

You know, marriage is between a man and a woman and the destruction of family values will bring about God's wrath. In her Twitter bio Despain crows about being "extremely smart and amazing," but graphic design doesn't seem to be a strong suit.

Pretty much the minute Despain posted her homophobic manifesto nobody asked for, Twitter started Photoshopping it into the kind of absurdity only Twitter can muster.

Such as...

The replies were equally amusing.

Eagle eyes noted the t-shirt worn in the Despain post featured Flight Of The Conchords—a New Zealand musical comedy duo consisting of multi-instrumentalists Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement.

Clement—also a frequent collaborator of Taika Waititi—noticed it too and reacted on Twitter.

He tweeted:

"It's sad to see members of a group that was once persecuted punching down at another that is still persecuted."
"But even the Church of Latter Day Saints has been known to update their beliefs about sexuality (noticing just the one wife in the photo)."

Naturally, after her stunt went viral Despain whined about everyone "mocking my family bc we dare to believe differently than them" when she started the whole thing in the first place for the sole purpose of being able to play victim.

Anyway, Happy Pride, April!