Westboro Baptist church overtaken by gay-friendly Pokémon

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

The world seems to be going crazy for Pokémon Go.

The smartphone game’s incredible popularity is responsible for everything from a massive jump in the value of Nintendo’s shares to the discovery of a dead body.

Pokémon Go uses augmented reality to place creatures and items in real locations — which brought people, and Pokémon, to places they don’t normally go.

Some homes and businesses have been overtaken by Pokémon trainers and marked as a Pokémon gym: A place where people can train their fictional creatures.

One such gym is the infamous Westboro Baptist Church. The controversial church is currently ruled by a pink Pokémon known as a Clefairy.

Users can give their creatures custom nicknames, and the current leader of the gym at the church seems to be poking fun at the church’s homophobic views: The Pokemon has the nickname “love is love.”

The WBC is no stranger to social media, and claims they will be fighting back, using one of the most commonly known Pokémon: Jigglypuff.

The game assigns real places in the world as locations for in-game places, like gyms or Pokestops that dispense items. These places can be anything from large landmarks like buildings, or something smaller and simpler like a sign.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.