Vice President Mike Pence's penchant for homophobia is well-known. He advocated that funding for HIV/AIDS research be reallocated to gay conversion therapy. In 2015, he signed a religious freedom bill as Indiana governor that gave license to anti-LGBTQ discrimination. In 2019, his wife was hired to work at a Christian school forbidding LGBTQ teachers and students.
So after Pence arrived in Iceland, a stop on his European tour, one company found the perfect way to troll him.
Advania Technology Company, located across from the historic Hofdi House in Reykjavik where Pence met with Icelandic President Gudni Johannesson, replaced its company flags with colorful rainbow flags, the world symbol for LGBTQ pride.
Advania director Ægir Már Þórisson told The Iceland Monitor:
“We just felt the need to celebrate diversity today and wanted to show that by flying the flags.”
It wasn't just Albania Tech either, but several places around Reykjavik expressing rainbow resistance.
This is how Iceland welcomes Mike Pence, USA vice-President @jwhittak_physio @JHaleATX @jbezner @DunnSdunn2… https://t.co/WAhT54k2fc— Unnur Pétursdóttir (@Unnur Pétursdóttir)1567609101.0
Even President Johannesson wore a rainbow bracelet.
Here is a photo of Icelands President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson wearing a Rainbow bracelet when meeting the likes of Pu… https://t.co/J9Wvrb2pk6— Heklina (@Heklina)1567627827.0
People in Iceland and outside admired the colorful trolling of Pence.
So America's bigot Mike Pence has arrived here in my country, and what does Iceland do? Welcomes him with Pride fla… https://t.co/RcAz7QLI1P— ★natasja★ (@★natasja★)1567604819.0
Iceland flew rainbow flags when Pence came and the prime minister wore a rainbow bracelet while shaking his hand so… https://t.co/tu5quIqf5v— Jaya Tewari (@Jaya Tewari)1567645781.0
what level of "subtle" are you? me: Iceland flying the pride flag all over the damn country while the biggest hom… https://t.co/rOXyZtBrJJ— 🦇🖤🌈Amber Craig (Mishibizhii Kwe)🦇🖤🌈 (@🦇🖤🌈Amber Craig (Mishibizhii Kwe)🦇🖤🌈)1567654389.0
Way to go #Iceland 👏👏👏👏👏👏 US VP Pence was met with rainbow flags on a state visit to Iceland https://t.co/6gO2U36lnI— 🇨🇦🍁Cheryl🍁🇨🇦CANADA🍁🇨🇦 (@🇨🇦🍁Cheryl🍁🇨🇦CANADA🍁🇨🇦)1567639639.0
Mike Pence is in Iceland today so a business in front of the house he will be in meetings in decided to raise multi… https://t.co/othbCMU6EY— Runa (@Runa)1567611508.0
Iceland trolling @VP with pride flags 😎 Thank you!— Dom Skinner (@Dom Skinner)1567667823.0
Maybe Americans should take this up as a tradition.
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