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WAWIBF... Rainbows

4 August 2006

JR and Robin Knight own a bed and breakfast in Meade in South West Kansas. And until very recently, they were deliriously happy there. Then their son begifted them a beautiful Rainbow flag which they hung outside their home, the Lakeway Hotel, just beneath the Stars and Stripes. And everything remained fine for a while longer. Then a local newspaper chief, a man who JR feels has been trying to put him out of business for some time, publicised the fact that this ostensibly innocuous flag was actually a symbol for something that could threaten the very social fabric of Meade. For Rainbow = Gay.

Once they had been made aware of this fact, the mentally retarded folk of Meade went absolutely bonkers. A radio station threatened to pull the hotel's advertisements unless the flag was taken down. A local pastor dropped by and yelled at the Knights, threatening to boycott them unless the offensive flag was removed. Others followed suit. Local hick Keith Klassen spelled out the problem on a TV news report: 'For me, it's like running up a Nazi flag in a Jewish neighbourhood,' he said, seemingly, like Mel Gibson, under the impression that it was the Jews that mercilessly persecuted and killed six million innocent Nazis, and not the other way around. 'I can't walk into that establishment,' he says, 'with that flag flying.'

To their eternal credit, the Knights refuse to back down, despite potentially losing all they cherish in a tsunami of noose-flavoured ignorance. And the ironic icing on this dirty great human shitcake is that the Knights' kid bought the flag not because he lies down with other men and wanted to celebrate that fact through an ostentatious pole-cloth, but because he's a 12-year-old 'Wizard of Oz' fan and he picked the flag up at a museum dedicated to the film, there in Kansas. It reminded him of 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'. Because of the rainbow on it. Yeah, whatever. For the thumbless hordes of South West Kansas, that's quite gay enough.

You have to admire the Knights for butching it out, but at the same time, you have to wonder why they don't just move to Kansas City and raze Meade to the ground in their wake.

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