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YouTuber Buys, Renames Small Town Gay Hell in Honor of Pride

by Sam Cronin
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Jun 18, 2019

The new Mayor of Hell has some pretty big changes in mind. First off, renaming the Michigan town to Gay Hell. YouTuber Elijah Daniel recently purchased the right to be mayor for two weeks to the small unincorporated town 20 miles northwest of Ann Arbor. He also purchased the entirety of the town's five acres, making him the sole owner, at least temporarily. He says he's in the process of purchasing the town permanently.

Daniel's move to rename the town is part of a political stunt/protest of the Trump administration's recent banning of flying Pride flags at US Embassies. So as the new mayor, Daniel has made the Pride flag the official flag of the town.

He explained the decision in a tweet:

This isn't Daniel's first stint as Mayor of Hell, however. According to NBC News: "In August 2017, Daniel paid $100 to become the mayor of Hell for a day, banned heterosexuality and was then impeached. He said his desire to become mayor was a joke in response to President Donald Trump's restriction on travel to the U.S. from a handful of Muslim countries."

Daniel told CNN: "I'm just from Michigan and every time we drove past we knew that town, 'oh that's Hell.' I just thought turning it into Gay Hell would be funny," He said the move was his way of "Getting my audience involved in politics by doing it in a funny way."

The town is believed to have a population of about 70. Their reactions to Daniel's town takeover is yet to be seen. He says he has hopes of bringing more people to Gay Hell by starting an annual festival.


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