Photo of pride flag being raised mimics Iwo Jima, causes major controversy

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A photographer is receiving death threats for a photo he took more than a decade ago.

Ed Freeman’s cover photo for Frontiers, a gay magazine, shows four men mimicking the famous photo of an American flag being raised during World War II.

The original photo, of five Marines and a Navy corpsman planting the American flag in the side of Mount Suribachi, was taken by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945, according to the Washington Post.

Three of the men in the original photo were killed just weeks later.

Rosenthal received a Pulitzer Prize for the original photo, but the reaction to Freeman’s photo has been much different.

Freeman received several death threats, which he reported to the FBI.

He was also attacked on Facebook for a post he wrote celebrating last Friday’s landmark Supreme Court decision that said states cannot ban same-sex marriage.

He wrote:

When I took this picture almost ten years ago, it never, never occurred to me that it would someday come to symbolize the victory we are celebrating today. Congratulations to all of us!

Love to you all.

Freeman told the Washington Post he never expected this kind of backlash from the photo.