An ominous black banner simply reading ‘IS’ is believed to be part of a bungled marketing stunt for a local shopping centre.
The banner was reportedly hung, in the London borough of Hackney, from a lamppost and marked with the initials of one of the worlds most notorious jihadi groups.
Alan Wolfson, who spotted the embarrassing flag on Morning Lane in Hackney, took a quick photo of the banner and the image quickly began to be shared on Facebook, The Huffington Post reports.
It was initially reported that the banner was put up by Hackney council and was one in a series intended to create the sentence ‘HACKNEY IS FASHION’.
Wolfson apparently said there was ‘no sign’ of the other banners in the set except for the single IS flag outside a Tesco.
Hackney are draping banners around claiming it IS THE FASHION HUB. There’s no sign of the sequence of that sentence other than a solitary black flag with IS on it. Well done.
However a spokesman for Hackney Council told the Metro that they didn’t put the banner up, although he confirmed he’s seen the flag.
The incident’s left people online laughing with one commenter remarking ‘Great PR’, while another simply said ‘facepalm’.
Maybe next time it’d be better to have a nice safe leafleting campaign?