The Proud Boys is a group classified by the FBI as an extremist group. They’ve also been listed out as a hate group by the US research and advocacy organization SPLC. However, the group was recently able to make headlines along with Trump.
During last week’s debate which the whole world showed interest in, Trump was asked at one instance to condemn white supremacists. However, instead, the response that came out of Trump’s mouth surprised everyone. Instead of condemning white supremacists, Trump went on to the lengths of blaming “antifa and the left” for violence. He did not stop there. He went on to tell the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.
While Trump’s response was not received well by the majority, the Proud Boys were happy and celebrated it.
However, disturbed by this turn of incidents, the LGBT community decided to step in and surprise the Proud Boys by using the hashtag #ProudBoys in a manner entirely different from its original way of use. Gay couples have taken on to posting pictures on Twitter of their partners and spouses and love, with the hashtag #ProudBoys. The idea behind this trend was George Takei from Star Trek.
Takei tweeted, “What if gay guys took pictures of themselves making out with each other or doing very gay things, then tagged themselves with #ProudBoys. I bet it would mess them up real bad. #ReclaimingMyShine.”
This tweet went so viral that even the official Twitter of the Canadian Armed Forces in the US participated in it by posting a picture of two men kissing with the hashtag #ProudBoys. The post ended up getting 197.3K likes.