YouTuber Elijah Daniel hopes people will go to Hell – a small Michigan town he recently bought.
Daniel, 25, announced Tuesday that he had bought the city of Hell, Michigan, and had officially renamed Gay Hell.
He said it was an act of protest against the Trump government that had recently rejected requests from US embassies to wear the rainbow flag, symbol of gay pride, in June, at the same time. 39, LGBTQ pride month.
The town is about 15 miles northwest of Ann Arbor and would have a population of about 70 people.
"Before the month of pride, the Trump administration banned the flags of pride flying embassies," Daniel tweeted. "So, starting today, I am the owner of Hell, Michigan.I bought the entire city.And my first act as the owner, I have renamed my City in Gay Hell, MI The only flags allowed to fly are pride. "
Daniel told NBC News on Monday during a phone interview that his flag rule was designed as a joke and that other flags would not be banned.
The comedian and musician, who has more than 500,000 subscribers to YouTube, said the acquisition was aimed at improving his political portfolio by engaging his supporters.
"I have a young audience aged 16 to 24 who would not be doing politics it was not funny or memorable," Daniel said. "I'm just trying to entertain and engage my audience in politics."
He also hopes this will inspire people to visit Michigan.
Daniel, a resident of California, declined to disclose the cost of buying Gay Hell from his former owner, John Colone, and stated that he would be the temporary owner. The city is a five-acre commercial property and was on the market for $ 900,000 in 2016, according to the Detroit Free Press.
This is not the first time Daniel goes to hell to make a political statement.
In August 2017, Daniel paid $ 100 to become the mayor of hell for one day, banned heterosexuality and was subsequently indicted. He said his desire to become mayor was a joke in response to Trump's restriction on traveling to the United States from a handful of Muslim countries.
Vice President Mike Pence recently defended the Trump government's decision to ban US embassies from wearing the rainbow pride flag on their poles during LGBTQ pride month, NBC News says. that "it's the right decision".
"With regard to the American flagpole, American embassies and capitals all over the world, an American flag is floating," Pence said last week.