Allegedly, a family flying pride flags were harassed by boaters in Moses Lake, Washington.
The story circulated on Twitter and TikTok, eventually becoming viral.
What happened at Moses Lake?
According to a tweet put out by @retro_ushi_, boaters had been harassing a family that were flying LGBTQ+ pride flags in Moses Lake. Shortly after, the harassers’ boat reportedly burst into flames. The Twitter user tweeted “#KarmaIsReal”, alongside images of the incident.
The harassers were supposedly circling the family boat and shouting offensive slurs after they noticed the pride flags.
The passenger also shared a video of the event, which has been viewed over 8.2M times on TikTok.
As per BuzzFeed News, Grant County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the happening of a boat fire on Sunday (30th May) evening. Deputies and the local fire department responded and took to the scene.
Following the incident, the TikTok user that shared the video, @UhOhBigBoi, wrote: “We safely got them (harassers) out of the water immediately. We were nicer than they were.”
Twitter reacts to boat explosion with #KarmaIsReal
Social media users were in complete disbelief following the boat explosion – dubbing the event as evidence that Karma exists!
One Twitter user wrote back to @retro_ushi_, saying: “I love the karma of this all. I am a Moses Lake citizen. I want to say that we collectively are very embarrassed. We apologize for the mis-treatment you received. Please know that there are a lot of really good, gracious, and kind people in this little town of ours. Be well.”
Another took to Twitter, sharing the TikTok video: “Boaters harass boat waving Pride flags—they are served instant karma when their boat explodes and they need rescuing.”
Likewise, user @Imposter_Edits tweeted: “That’s some beautiful karma! these people were harassing a boat with pride flags on it.. next thing you know… *fire emoji*”
How to show support for Pride following the incident
June marks Pride Month, in recognition and celebration of the LGBTQ+ community.
Unfortunately, as we’ve seen, harassment and hate against the LGBTQ+ community is still ongoing.
So, how can you support Pride?
Call out homophobic behaviour
Whether it’s online or in person, homophobic behaviour and negative slurs are never okay.
There are tons of charities that support the LGBTQ+ community. Most notably, you can get involved with the Stonewall Strategy.
Attend events in your area
Show support by attending Pride events and creating a safe space for members of the LGBTQ+ community.