Proud Boys hashtag reclaimed by gay couples celebrating their relationships
Gay couples commandeered the Proud Boys hashtag on Twitter over the weekend after President Trump told the violent far-right group to “stand by” in last week’s presidential debate.
Numerous people using the hashtag have shared images and stories from pivotal moments in their relationships., with high-profile participants including the Canadian Armed Forces and “Star Trek” actor George Takei.
— Bobby Berk (@bobbyberk) October 4, 2020
— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) October 4, 2020
— Joe (@iamjoeprince) October 4, 2020
— Mark Fish (@SMarkfish) October 4, 2020
— Canadian Forces in (@CAFinUS) October 4, 2020
I wonder if the BTS and TikTok kids can help LGBTs with this. 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
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 1, 2020
In the Tuesday debate, asked to condemn the group, Trump responded “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by.”
Social media activity indicated the group took the comment as a call to arms, and members quickly created memes incorporating it.
Trump insisted he “[didn’t] know what the Proud Boys are” the next day and adding “they should stand down. Let law enforcement do their work.”
The same day, Alan Swinney, a member of the group, was arrested on charges of assault, pointing a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon for brandishing a gun at counterprotests in Portland, Ore.
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