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YouTube Personality Bought Michigan Town, Renamed It Gay Hell And Outlawed All Flags Except Pride Flags

Hell, Michigan has always been an amusing tourist spot. They cater to people who want to get married in the fiery pits of Hell, you can buy the opportunity to be mayor of Hell for a day — hell, even their website is a cheeky GoToHellMI.com.

But even Hell needs a shake-up now and then, which, in this case, comes in the form of new ownership.

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A YouTube personality and LGBTQ activist has bought the tiny town of Hell, Michigan to help celebrate Pride Month with a middle finger to the Trump administation’s policy against flying Pride flags at US Embassies.

Welcome to Gay Hell, Michigan.

That’s the message from comedian and internet personality Elijah Daniel, who “bought” the small, unincorporated community of Hell, Michigan and renamed it in protest of President Donald Trump this week. He also decreed that the only flags allowed to fly in the city are Pride flags.

The new owner made it his first official act to ban all flags except Pride flags.

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Daniel admitted the flag thing is a joke, flags for everyone! Because that’s freedom.

This isn’t the first time Daniel has used Hell as a statement against Trump.

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Back in 2017, he took advantage of their Mayor-for-a-Day program and banned heterosexuality. Part of his proclamation demanded that any heterosexuals who did not participate in heterosexual reparation therapy would be required to wear both a scarlet letter “H” and cargo shorts.

He was impeached immediately.

But now, as owner, he has been able to make an even bigger statement. And the gays and our hellish allies are reacting appropriately.

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Many are already planning their move to be part of the enterprising community of Gay Hell.

Other’s asked the new owner to also annex the nearby city of Climax…for obvious reasons.

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Because Gay Climax sounds like even more fun than Gay Hell.

One Twitter user actually grew up nearby Hell, Michigan and loves the name change!

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Not sure what hearsefest is…but glad that even Michigan locals are enjoying the name change.

And according to the new owner, the city already has everything you actually need in a city.

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And don’t forget, tons of Pride flags!

So is Gay Hell, Michigan here to stay for all eternity?

Probably not. He appears to be taking advantage of his contacts in the community to temporarily buy and rename the town for some “Hellish humor.”

“It’s all in good fun, Hell style,” town officials wrote on Facebook.

The Michigan native’s latest stunt isn’t meant to be taken seriously long-term, town officials said, but with media organizations across the globe taking note, Daniel’s message is being heard loud and clear.

“I’m getting my audience involved in politics by doing it in a funny way,” he told CNN. “I’m just from Michigan and every time we drove past we knew that town, oh that’s Hell. I just thought turning it into Gay Hell would be funny.”

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From FBI Raids To Felony Charges: It Was A Bad Week For YouTubers

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From FBI Raids To Felony Charges: It Was A Bad Week For YouTubers

It’s been a bad week for some of the world’s most popular YouTubers. Jake Paul and the Stoke twins are dealing with law enforcement and it’s not in their favor. Here’s what happened this week with some of your faves.

Jake Paul, brother of problematic Logan Paul, had the FBI raid his home this week.

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The FBI raided Jak Paul’s Calabasas home in connection with the riot at the Scottsdale Fashion Square in Arizona. Paul claimed not to be involved in the rioting and looting though he admits it looks like he was on camera. The YouTuber claims that he was just trying to find the George Floyd protests and was hoping to figure out from being at the Scottsdale Fashion Square.

The raid is tied to the riot in Scottsdale, Arizona that Paul was involved with.

Scottsdale Police first issued arrest warrants and charges for Paul and his friends in connection to the riot but have since dismissed them without prejudice. According to the police department, the charges were dropped so that that FBI could complete their own investigation into Paul. The guns seized from his home were not the reason the FBI raided the home and are currently in Los Angeles Sherrif’s Department, according to TMZ. The guns can be retrieved if Paul can show that he owns them with proof of purchase.

The Stokes Twins are also facing some serious charges from law enforcement.

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Alan and Alex Stokes are famous for their prank videos. However, one of their prank videos from last October has gotten them into a lot of trouble. The twins are each facing one felony count of fake imprisonment affected by violence, menace, fraud, or deceit, and one demeanor count of falsely reporting an emergency.

The twins filmed a prank in October 2019 where they dressed in all black with ski masks and carried duffle bags full of cash. According to a press release from Orange County district attorney’s office, the twins ordered an Uber and the driver refused to drive them thinking they had committed a crime. A witness called the police and when the police arrived they ordered the Uber driver out of his car with guns drawn. Police let the driver go when it was determined he was not involved.

The twins are facing four years in jail for the prank.

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“These were not pranks,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said in the press release. “These are crimes that could have resulted in someone getting seriously injured or even killed. Law enforcement officers are sworn to protect the public and when someone calls 911 to report an active bank robbery they are going to respond to protect lives. Instead, what they found was some kind of twisted attempt to gain more popularity on the internet by unnecessarily putting members of the public and police officers in danger.”

Be careful with your pranks, kids. You never know when your jajajas will turn to crimes because of a lack of foresight.

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Terrifying Moment Caught On Camera When A White Woman Pulls A Gun On A Black Woman In A Parking Lot

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Terrifying Moment Caught On Camera When A White Woman Pulls A Gun On A Black Woman In A Parking Lot

A disturbing video is going viral on social media. A Black Michigan mom stared down the barrel of a gun pointed by an angry white woman in a parking lot. The video is the latest example of Black Americans being violently targeted by white people.

Takelia Hill shared a video on Facebook of a terrifying encounter in a parking lot.

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The video starts with the image of a white woman holding a gun with fear and anger as she yells at Hill. The woman claims that Hill tried to jump behind her minivan and she was leaving the parking lot. Hill can be heard arguing with the woman refuting her claims that Hill was somehow the aggressor of the out of control and dangerous situation.

A Twitter version of the video, shared by someone identifying as a relative, has been viewed more than 11 million times on Thursday.

Hill’s daughter was recording the confrontation after the woman bumped into her.

According to The Detroit News, the argument began because the white woman bumped into Hill’s daughter and didn’t apologize. The argument escalated quickly when the Hill was almost hit with the minivan as the white couple started to drive. Hill hit the car and the white woman jumped out of the car and drew her gun.

The woman was arrested but released, according to a woman identifying as a close family member.

The police have not confirmed the information tweeted by the family member. The video is sparking outrage in the area of Auburn Hills, Michigan.

“I am deeply disturbed by an incident last night where a woman pointed a cocked gun at another woman during an argument,” Oakland County Executive David Coulter said in a statement, according to The Detroit News. “This behavior is unacceptable. I wholly expect the prosecutor to bring charges that reflect the severity of the incident.”

People in social media are angry after seeing the video and are offering advice on how the family should move forward.

One state senator is calling for action on gun reform in Michigan after the video. Fortunately, Hill and her daughter survived the encounter but the trauma of living through that is taxing.

“Michigan needs commonsense gun reform, and we need it now. People should feel safe going about their day and not have to worry about having a gun pulled on them during a conflict,” state Sen. Rosemary Baye told The Detroit News. “This incident clearly shows we have much work to do because this is not how we should be treating each other.”

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