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PHOTOS: The Eiffel Tower Totes Went Gay For Nelson Mandela

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Photo: @ThyHee

PHOTOS: In celebration of Bastille Day on Sunday, the Eiffel Tower was aglow in rainbow, which many interpreted as an homage to the recently-passed marriage equality law. Not so, says Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoë, who told the French blog Yagg that the rainbow was a tribute to Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa — known as the “rainbow nation.”

Mandela, who turns 95 on Thursday, has spent the last five weeks in the hospital for a lung infection, though he is reportedly improving.

The light show did come with a message of equality, however, with voiceovers noting that “every human being is a shade of this rainbow palette.” That didn’t sit too well with France’s gay marriage opponents, some of whom called for the resignation of President François Hollande. And somewhere, some shirtless French boys got so mad they probably started making out with each other.

You know, out of righteous indignation and whatever.

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Photo: @LouisJDR

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Photo: @ParisGames2018

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Photo: @allthewayleft

h/t: Huff Po

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           Jul 15, 2013
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  • 3 Comments
    • 2eo
      2eo

      It’s no Blackpool tower [obviously] but it looks lovely dolled up. Keep it that way, rainbows are glorious.

      Jul 15, 2013 at 4:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ron Jackson
      Ron Jackson

      I can think of only one word to describe the “Rainbow Tower”.

      FABULOUS!

      Jul 15, 2013 at 4:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tackle
      Tackle

      I had the pleasure of seeing the Eiffel Tower in 2011 at Christmas time. But as beautiful as they had it lit-up. it doesn’t even compare to this. This is absolutely stunning!

      Jul 15, 2013 at 6:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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