As kotaku.com reported, “Westboro Baptist Church is marked as a ‘gym’ in Pokémon Go. This in turn means that players can park their Pokémon at that location IRL to defend a digital title. In this case, someone thought it would be funny to put in a fairy type Pokémon as the defender of a place known for being very hateful and intolerant.
“Since then, it is unclear on whether or not the Clefairy has remained in the Westboro Baptist Church gym — the initial “combat power” was low enough that anyone could easily knock it out. Regardless, it seems that the trolling news has reached Westboro itself, and they’ve taken to social media to issue a response.”
The church struck back via social media as well.
Some of the exchanges and coverage:
— Logo (@LogoTV) July 11, 2016
— Steph Solis (@stephmsolis) July 11, 2016
The Westboro Baptist Church is getting owned in Pokémon Go https://t.co/QmAQFXZqRA
— Atlas Obscura (@atlasobscura) July 11, 2016
— Comicbook.com (@ComicBook) July 11, 2016
— The Independent (@Independent) July 11, 2016
— Ryan Brown (@Toadsanime) July 11, 2016
We are absolutely done here >> “Westboro Baptist Church…is currently ruled by a pink Pokémon known as a Clefairy.” https://t.co/9x6tf2uPHY
— Kyle W. Orton (@KyleWOrton) July 11, 2016
— WBCSigns (@WBCsigns) July 9, 2016
— Colleen O’Brien (@ColleenKIROFM) July 11, 2016