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Last weekend (Sunday June 28th) saw thousands of people flock to London to celebrate Gay Pride. The parade saw people marching through the streets of London in bright colours with music playing and flags waving.

Coverage of the annual event was heavy following the Supreme Court ruling in the US to make equal marriage legal across all states, meaning gay couples throughout America can now tie the knot.

While most of the coverage was positive, one US newscaster has come under fire for reporting that a flag showing the banner of Islamic State (ISIS) was being flown during the parade.

Reporter Lucy Pawle, who works for the news giant CNN, stated that a man dressed in black was flying the apparent ISIS flag.

She said: “This man dressed in black and white waving what appears to be a very bad mimicry of the Isis flag, but a clear attempt to mimic the Isis flag, the black and white flag with the distinctive lettering."

She continued to say: “I seem to be the only person who had spotted this, and nobody seems to be raising any questions or pointing it out, so I immediately went to an events organiser who said he didn’t know anything about it.

“I also spoke to the police nearby, who weren’t aware either.”

Following this report, CNN ran photos of the flag above a banner headline that read: "ISIS flag spotted at gay pride event."

However, it has emerged that the flag actually featured the outlines of a number of different dildos, sparking an online backlash against CNN and Ms Pawle. The pattern that was reported as being the 'Black standard' of ISIS showed several different varieties of sex toys, which many people recognised instantly.

CNN have since deleted the video of the report and Ms Pawle has taken to Twitter to say "I reported no such thing".