Backlash Against Facebook’s Rainbow Flag paprradmin June 30, 2015 News If you had been on the social media this weekend, you would have noticed profile pictures being splashed with rainbow colors. If you were curious, you should read this article. Facebook rolled out the rainbow flag filter for its users who stood in support of the landmark ruling by Supreme Court, legalizing the same-sex marriage in the US. Although, the whole idea was to draw support for the cause that had been held in a stir for some time now, it quickly backfired in the other part of the world. Russia and the Arab nations to be precise. The cause that is still yet to be embraced by many due to the social and societal stigma has caused such a furor in Russia that many objected the Facebook’s move offering the rainbow filter. The move has not gone lightly in the Middle Eastern countries as well. Many Facebookers drew flak from those protesting the move. It seems to be such a pity that many still consider the matter an embarrassing affair. In Russia, the Facebook’s move was countered with apps that splashed national flag on the display picture rather than the rainbow flags. The app was downloaded more than 4000 times. It shows that there is still mass solidarity against the LGBT community. Polls indicate that almost 80 percent of the Russians still object the notion of same-sex relationships to an extent that is downright hostile. Russian Twitterati’s lauded the hashtag #Proudtoberussian that bashed the LGBT community and their victory in the US. Interestingly, there were some who continued to sport the rainbow flag amidst criticism showing solidarity for the LGBT cause. Russia has always continued to uphold the controversial law banning anyone sharing information about homosexuality with the people under 18. In the Arab countries, the ire had taken a new height. The incident sparked a heightened response. It was pure rage rather than demur. Many believe that embracing this anthem means removing the harmony in the society and culture. Many Egyptians turned their rage against those who splashed their display picture with multicolored tint and were satirical to those who supported the same-sex culture. The statistics research point that up to two-fifths of Americans still continue to oppose the trend.