Looks like the Westboro Baptist Church is blasting off again….
Pokémon Go’s soft launch in the US, Australia and New Zealand has proved enlightening, hilarious, and in some cases downright crazy.
We’ve heard tales of people walking miles out their way to capture rare Pokémon, someone discovered a body on one such outing, and we don’t even want to think about how many car crashes have occurred by roaming Eevees.
Truly, Pokémon Go brings out the best…
I name my Pokemon whatever autocorrect turns their names into. it's the best decision I've ever made. pic.twitter.com/krg80RvK4R
— Sea Witch Glenda (@Adnelle) July 9, 2016
And the worst in us.
— Adil Mirza (@xAcceptiion) July 11, 2016
— Thief (@Thief_VE) July 10, 2016
However, the best story we’ve seen so far – we’re sure there will be many more – comes from the gay hating, funeral picketing, nutcases – the Westboro Baptist Church.
Throughout the landscape in Pokémon Go, you can see a whole host of Pokémon Gyms – places trainers can go to claim for their team and earn prestige.
Gyms tend to be chosen by the amount of foot traffic they receive, or where people tend to congregate in their highest numbers. Your local train station for example, might be a gym.
The Westboro Baptist Church… Is a place where (thouroughly misguided) people congregate. Therefore, the Westboro Baptist Church is a gym. And it’s been taken over by a Clefairy named LoveIsLove.
Yes that’s right, a pink, fairy type Pokémon, has taken over the WBC and every time someone approaches it in the game it will appear… Like so.
— MAX IM A KOOPA (@meakoopa) July 9, 2016
And it’s going to remain there. At least until someone replaces it. We imagine that’s not going to happen anytime soon.
So, unless the WBC gets training up their Pokémon, it looks like LoveIsLove is going to rule the gym for some time.
Other interesting places for Pokémon gyms to crop up include the British spy network MI6’s headquarters in Vauxhall. Because no one can get close enough for security reasons, we’re assuming there is an internal power struggle between James Bond and Q.
MI6 is only defended by one Drowzee… pic.twitter.com/HM5IB78Oiz
— Nick Baker (@bicknaker) July 9, 2016
Wait… I think MI6 are just battling each other now. pic.twitter.com/sdKi79ALiK
— Nick Baker (@bicknaker) July 11, 2016
There’s also one at MI5.
There's a Pokémon gym inside MI5. I'm not falling for that. pic.twitter.com/PMUTS86J4A
— Tom Cheshire (@chesh) July 11, 2016
And the freaking White House is getting in on the action.
The White House is a Pokemon Gym lmfaoooooo wtf pic.twitter.com/YB9OIlP0Pj
— ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤz (@zxrkys) July 11, 2016
But the overwhelming reaction to Pokémon Go so far, has been to Professor ‘Daddy’ Willow. You guys can’t get enough of him, can you?
"My name is professor Willow, or as I prefer to be called 'Daddy'" pic.twitter.com/PJsEY9Wn78
— Cheru foosball rpger (@Slightdelirium) July 7, 2016
Why is Professor Willow such a daddi tho pic.twitter.com/0t5neHmIhz
— ABE (@AbeBroman) July 7, 2016
— Kyle Hill (@Sci_Phile) July 7, 2016
Just be careful playing at work, ok trainers?
When your boss find out the building is a Pokémon gym smh pic.twitter.com/7IdJRNYfYH
— Waifu Depot (@WaifuDepot) July 8, 2016