Earlier this week we changed our website logo from its usual black and yellow colours to a rainbow-ish incarnation. We did this because the Olympics are being held in Russia, a country that last year passed bigoted laws that are making life bad for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, and we want our readers to ponder this Russian shittiness.
(Plus The Guardian redesigned their logo for the Olympics and The Guardian is the best, and we want to be cool like them. Ahem.)
But lo! Nit-picky commentator and Friend O’ The Dog Brad had a complaint: “It bothers me that your logo includes colours from the line of purples,” he wrote in a post a few days ago. “The colours between violet and red are non-spectral and don’t belong on a rainbow.”*
Well, we are nothing if not sensitive to the anal-retentive critiques of our readers! And since, after extensively researching the matter, we have learned that the modern pride flag has six colours (red, orange, yellow, green, royal blue and purple), we’ve updated our logo!
Thanks for helping us learn something interesting and important, Brad!
*Trivia: the co-operative movement has a seven-colour rainbow flag. But it’s easy to confuse the two flags so we should always be nice to entities and people that innocently make this mistake, whether that’s a newspaper like Prairie Dog or, I dunno, someone else.
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