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

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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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10-Year-Old Quadruplet Boys Release Cardi B Diss Track And She Can’t Help But Respond In The Most Cardi Way Possible

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10-Year-Old Quadruplet Boys Release Cardi B Diss Track And She Can’t Help But Respond In The Most Cardi Way Possible

When I heard Cardi B was dragging some 10-year-old boys on social media, my first thought was: oh no, Cardi! Then I heard the rap. There’s something terribly offputting about four little white boys telling an Afro-Latinx she belongs in a zoo, calling her trash, and then body-shaming her.

Cardi B is known for embracing and leading the life of a gangster. She has never hidden the fact that she is a product of the streets, and won’t shy away from confrontations no matter the time or the place. The woman threw her shoe at Nicki Minaj during fashion week for god’s sake. I would watch myself around her…

Four 10-year-old boys dropped a Cardi diss track and released a fake video of her responding.

A group of 10-year-old quadruplet brothers released an offensive Cardi B diss track for seemingly no reason besides garnering attention. While they have since made their Instagram private, the account links to an alleged “response” from Cardi. The video was later revealed by The Bronx rapper to have been a fake. 

“You belong in the zoo,” they rap. The boys dance around a recording studio calling a woman of color “washed up,” before saying, “Cardi you’re trash… They could fix your teeth, but they couldn’t fix your face,” and “I don’t know what’s faker: your life or your butt.”

When the New York Post reached out for comment, the boys said it was supposed to be antibullying. Yes, bullying people to stop bullying… cool. 

“We wanted to show Cardi B to not be a bully and give her a taste of her own medicine,” the rapper Hollywood said.

“Where are your parents? Do you need apple juice and food?” Emerald said.

When the NY Post asked what they thought of Cardi’s response (when it was believed to be real) Hollywood said it “made us feel like we’d done our job.”

The response video is fake, however, and was posted onto their YouTube channel so they were clearly misleading and lying to reporters. 

Did Cardi metaphorically dog walks these four poor brethren? 

In the fake video, Cardi is edited to appear as though she is responding to ZN8tion. 

“Not gonna let no little f - - king white boys come at me all motherf - - king day long. Motherf - - king shut the f - - k up and stay in your motherf - - king place. Go drink your motherf - - king milk, bitch. F - - k,” she says. 

However, Cardi has since clarified she was responding to Grammy detractors and that her video was re-edited to appear as though she was responding to ZN8tion. She released the complete video. 

“First of all I was talking about a fan base that was coming for me when it comes to album and Grammies and people chopped my video to make it seem like I was talkin about them kids. Second why don’t ya go bitch to the parents that got lil kids talking shit about others?” She said on Twitter.

Who are these little boys anyway? 

Four 10-year-old quadruplet brothers from Westchester, New York make up the rap crew ZN8tion. They go by the names Hollywood, Slim Z, Bonez McKoy, and Mr. Great. They have a song called “Fart Love.” I am not saying it’s a genuine bop, but it might go hard. This feels extremely appropriate for 10-year-olds. 

However, they also have a Tekashi69 diss track called “Wangster.” The opening line is, “Bro she wasn’t 18, you didn’t know.” This feels extremely inappropriate. The quartet has 143,000 followers on Instagram and their YouTube videos tend to get a few thousand views.

Westchester is a largely wealthy suburb outside of New York City. You’ll notice that the boys often perform in a recording studio. I am going to guess the average 10-year-old doesn’t have a home studio or can afford to buy studio time. Something strange is amiss in ZN8tion. These children are clearly being coached to impersonate people of color and disparage them to get attention on social media. 

It’s naptime, kiddos.  

 I am not mad at these kids, they’re just kids, but I am very disappointed in their parents. The language that they use is nothing short of racist and sexist – and you have to wonder who they are learning it from? You have to wonder which adult is filming, uploading, and approving these messages? You have to wonder if four little boys are even capable of producing and writing a song without any help from an adult too?  

The pointed attacks on rappers of color are deeply problematic and a strange fixation for a group of little kids to have. These kids are manufacturing fake celebrity feuds for attention. You have to wonder who is profiting from it? 

A US Marine And US Citizen Was Detained And Nearly Deported By ICE, Leaving Us All Wondering “Could I Be Next?”

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A US Marine And US Citizen Was Detained And Nearly Deported By ICE, Leaving Us All Wondering “Could I Be Next?”

Jilmar Ramos-Gomez is a US-born Marine veteran who served in Afghanistan. His latest run in with the police shows that no one is truly safe from Tump’s dangerous immigration policies.

In a report by Buzzfeed news, new details have emerged of his arrest last year. It’s truly shocking. When he was stopped by police in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jilmar had his US passport, a REAL ID driver’s license, a military ID card, and his US Marine Corps dog tags with him. He literally had all of his bases covered. Yet police still turned him over to ICE, which held him (a US citizen) for three days before his lawyer demanded his release.

Jilmar, a US citizen and war veteran, was detained for three days by ICE and nearly deported.

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Jilmar Ramos-Gomez was arrested by police in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Even though he had several documents proving his status as both a US citizen and a US Marine veteran, local police handed him over to ICE.

The local police had zero reason to believe that Jilmar was in the country without authorization. He provided the police with a US passport, a REAL ID, a US military ID card, and even his US Marine Corp dog tags. But that still wasn’t enough for local police or ICE for that matter.

Once in custody, ICE detained Jilmar for three days until his lawyer finally and successfully demanded his release.

The ACLU said that Jilmar’s possession of his passport, Real ID, and other items at the time of his arrest is detailed in a Grand Rapids police report.

The advocacy group has called for an investigation into how the Grand Rapids Police Department handled the arrest of Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, who was born in Grand Rapids, served in Afghanistan and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. The ACLU is also demanding that ICE explain why it took the veteran into custody and did not review his identification documents during the three days he was being held.

Many pointed out that even though he had all those forms of ID – it really didn’t matter because Jilmar is brown.

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Jilmar’s case isn’t unique. There have been many cases around the country of brown people or people who speak Spanish being profiled by police and ICE agents. Few have reached the level of Jilmar’s – of being detained for three days – but it’s a reminder that even if you are in the US legally (as a citizen or resident) you may not be as safe as you think.

Many realized from this story that even if you’re a legal US citizen or resident there is zero safety.

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“I think it raises all sorts of questions,” said Miriam Aukerman, a senior attorney with the ACLU of Michigan, which has taken up the case. “Police had absolutely no reason to call ICE when they knew that Jilmar was a U.S. citizen. Yet they did so anyway. Why? One can’t imagine this happening to a white person who had his passport on him.”

One Twitter user even asked people if they’d actually be able to prove their identity if stopped by police right now…

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And the responses were less than positive. Many pointed out though that even if they had their legit original birth certificate, that in this environment, ICE or the police could just claim the documents were fake and still bring you into custody.