A UK seller has pulled a “straight pride” pin badge from sales on its website and from Amazon after the product drew widespread criticism and ridicule online.
The “Heterosexual Pride Wavy Gold Plated Flag Pin Badge”, bearing various shades of beige, went viral late last week before being pulled by its seller, a company called 1000 Flags.
“The ‘straight pride’ flag is so hilariously beige I’d say it’s a meta commentary on the unoriginal staidness of heterosexuality, if I believed any straight person could understand that,” one person tweeted.
“The irony of a straight pride flag looking like an eyeshadow palette,” another wrote.
The company also sells a traditional rainbow pride flag pin badge and a pink triangle pin badge.
The pink triangle pin badge was a homophobic Nazi symbol that was later reclaimed by LGBTIQ activists as a protest symbol, Newsweek reported.
“We were asked for a pink triangle badge numerous times by our LGBT customers and they continue to purchase these alongside our extensive range of LGBT Pin Badges,” one of the company’s directors Mark Horler told Newsweek.
“In no way were either badge produced as an anti-LGBT item and we take offence with that suggestion.
“These are not hate symbols. Our extensive range of LGBT flags, pin badges and embroidered patches has helped spread LGBT pride across the world.”
The “straight pride” flag is so hilariously beige I’d say it’s a meta commentary on the unoriginal staidness of heterosexuality, if I believed any straight person could understand that 🤷🏻♂️
— Patrick Swayne (@pswayne7) April 12, 2018
Straight Pride is seemingly as beige as most straight people’s personalities. pic.twitter.com/OXIn1xehZG
— Danny (@shckldg) April 11, 2018