If you need a moment of brevity from rainbow poppy discourse, this viral tweet about a Lego poppy should do the trick
The latest in the ‘rainbow poppy’ odyssey is, for once, a brief moment of serenity.
As lawmakers rage and Twitter users tirelessly remind people that, yes, queer people did exist during the two Great Wars, one user’s take on it all has Twitter beside themselves.
Across the last week, a surging debate over an alleged “LGBT+ poppy” has gripped the UK.
People have raged against a rainbow poppy badge that was sold on eBay that became embroiled in a debate about what is the best way, if at all, to pay respect to queer people who lost their lives in conflict.
People are mad about a ‘rainbow poppy’?
One early example of this outrage towards an enamel badge came from a user called Abigail.
She tweeted: “Hate me, but LGBTQ+ have a whole month dedicated to them for once in your f***ing lives think about other people and stop making everything about sexuality.
“Let the people who fought for their country have that ONE day to themselves, do not even try to make it about sexuality.”
Abigail was schooled by Twitter. One user highlighted: “Wow a whole month – incredible. I’m sorry straight people get the entire year?”
People wondered why the “LGBT+ poppy” was caught in the crossfire of people’s criticism, but not other poppy types, such as an official poppy badge that has football club crests on its side.
Spoofing so beautifully Abigail’s sentiment, a use called Efon found a Lego poppy.
Yes, a Lego poppy.
‘Lego poppy’ is delivered to you dissembled for you to build yourself.
hate me, but Lego people have a whole brand dedicated to them for once in your fucking lives think about other people and stop making everything about Lego. Let the people who fought for their country have that ONE day to themselves, do not even try to make it about toys. pic.twitter.com/9htsxhcqga
— efon (@efongard) November 4, 2019
“Hate me,” he sarcastically tweeted, “but Lego people have a whole brand dedicated to them
“For once in your f***ing lives think about other people and stop making everything about Lego.
“Let the people who fought for their country have that ONE day to themselves, do not even try to make it about toys.”
The latest in the ever-growing bouquet of poppy variations, the Lego poppy is sold for £7 and a donation is made to the Royal British Legion with each purchase.
It arrives in people’s letterboxes “disassembled for you to make”, the product description reads.
So, unlike the ‘rainbow poppy’, you can buy the Lego poppy and pin it to your lapel with pride.
‘One day, I pray we live in a world that’s not Legophobic.’
Twitter users could not handle Efon’s tweet, though, some users could not le’ go of their anger.
Stop forcing this Lego propaganda down my throat 😤 not all of us CHOOSE to like TOYS 🤢
— ellie✨ (@elliejfx) November 5, 2019
“Do you know how many Lego men died for your right to post this?” wrote one user.
“Legoland was one of our biggest (and smallest) allies in WWII.”
one day i pray we live in a world that’s not legophobic
— PJ (@1inamillion2020) November 5, 2019
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Although, the joke didn’t seem to land with some people:
It’s sarcasm 🙄
— its…………. hannah’s account (@Hannanar) November 5, 2019