Westboro Baptist Church have attacked a Pokémon Go player with a series of homophobic social media posts, after the user ‘claimed’ the location with a pink fictional character.
‘Trainers’, or players, on Pokémon Go visit real life landmarks which they can claim as their own in the game. And one user called Pinknose identified that Westboro Baptist Church, known for its protests again the LGBTQ community, was tagged on the game as a “gym”.
lmao someone made the Westboro Baptist church a gym ran by a clefairy named LoveIsLove. Pokemon rocks. ? pic.twitter.com/2vnlDpp9H8
— syd (@sydneypedersen) July 11, 2016
Pinklove subsequently claimed the church in Topek, Kansas, with a pink ‘clefairy’ called LoveisLove. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the church was not happy, responding with a series of tweets. “We recruited Jigglypuff to deal with the sodomite loveislove Clefairy for us,” one post from Westboro Baptist Church said.
They went on to condemn the game, in a tweet that claimed, “EVERYTHING, real or virtual, enables proud sin in america. That’s a sign of DOOM! #PokemonGo”
And also posted a series of homophobic Vines on Twitter.
Speaking about the church’s stance, church elder Brian Drain told USA Today, “We try to speak whatever language is being spoken. This little church, as despised and vilified as we are, the location of this church will be memorialised throughout eternity. We’re willing by God’s grace to say that homosexuality is wrong, and that’s what we’ve been known for, even though we preach the whole counsel of God.”
In other Pokémon Go news, an Australian was sacked earlier this week after complaining that the game isn’t available in his new home of Singapore. According to the Daily Mail, Aussie expat Sonny Truyen wrote on Facebook over the weekend: “You can’t f*****g catch Pokémon in this piece of f*****g s*** country.”