Cultural appropriation is still a genuinely difficult and hurtful part of society, and one that we’re in the process of challenging.

And that includes people who use it incorrectly to support hateful statements.



Take, for instance, Christian radio host Bryan Fischer, who yesterday tweeted that “LGBTs stole the rainbow from god,” adding that it was the “worst example of cultural appropriation ever”.

He then quoted a Bible verse in which God – after wiping out almost all humans in a global flood – shines a rainbow down as a promise not to end the world again.

“Give it back,” he ends, plaintively and pointlessly.

Fischer, who regularly calls respected media outlets “Talking Snake Media,” has form for making deeply homophobic comments.

In the opening two days of April, he has tweeted that “when the Supreme Court said sodomy is normal and not deviant behaviour, it opened the door to bestiality.”

He then followed that up with another tweet, saying: “Not only is homosexuality a sin, approving of it is too.”

In the past, Fischer has said gay people are “literally” Nazi stormtroopers, compared homosexuality to necrophilia, and blamed gay people for the Holocaust and floods in Texas.

But it was his tweet about rainbows, which broke the mould of generic homophobic comments, that attracted the wrath – and laughter – of other Twitter users.

Perhaps it was because the creator of the rainbow flag, Gilbert Baker, died just a few days ago, that people tore him apart.

Some pointed out the scientific dubiousness of his comment.

Others thought that he *might* be forgetting his history.

And some just made fun of him.

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