Thanks To Gay Men, 'Proud Boys' Is Taking On A New Meaning And White Supremacists Are Oh, So Upset
Social media was flooded with photos of happy LGBTQ+ couples this weekend under the hashtag #ProudBoys.
October 05, 2020 at 2:53 pm
The white supremacist group Proud Boys, founded by Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes, has been in the news lately thanks to a shoutout from President Donald Trump during the first presidential debate last week.
After Trump told the group to "stand back and stand by," the group's members flooded social media with posts thanking Trump and pledging to back him, according to The Washington Post.
But thousands of gay couples decided to take back the term on social media Saturday night, using the hashtag #ProudBoys to share hundreds of photos of themselves.
The move was met with joy and anger from both sides of the political aisle. Many thanked men for taking the term and turning it into something positive while others questioned whether it was the right way to take on the group's views.
Although Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio told CNN the group is not homophobic and had no problem with the takeover, the group's rank-and-file members did not hold the same view. Many of the members took to Parler, a two-year-old social media app popular among conservatives, to complain about the movement and use a plethora of homophobic slurs to describe what was happening, according to Forbes.
Here are some of the posts that trended this weekend with the hashtag.