Twitter users and gay men saved the day over the weekend by taking over the hashtag #ProudBoys with LGBTQ+ and pride images.
It is an ironic turn of events for a self-proclaimed western chauvinist group.
The Proud Boys trended recently on Twitter after the Presidential Debate.
On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump failed to condemn the group after the debate’s moderator, Chris Wallace, asked him about white supremacists.
The FBI classifies the group since 2018 as an extremist group, and the Southern Poverty Law Center calls the group a hate group.
Vice co-founder, Gavin McInnes, founded the Proud Boys in 2016.
The group is also a regular in right-wing and pro-Trump rallies.
Reclaiming the Hashtag
It is not clear who started #ProudBoys on Twitter.
However, it did not take long before the hashtag got flooded by images of men’s love and pride celebration.
Even the Canadian Forces in the United States official Twitter account joined the hashtag and posted an image of two men kissing.
One of them in uniform.
Star Trek star George Takei also asked the help of BTS and TikTok kids to help with trending #ProudBoys on Twitter.
Florida Representative Carlos Smith also joined in trending the hashtag and posted pictures of him and his husband.
Smith wrote that he and his husband are “joining thousands of gay men on social media” in reclaiming #Proud Boys “from white supremacists and bigoted neo-nazis.”
The Proud Boys are Furious
Two years ago, Twitter banned the “western chauvinist” group’s members’ official account from the platform.
One of them is the Twitter account of the founder itself, McInnes.
However, the group was able to flourish on the social media platform, Parler, which prides itself as “an unbiased” platform.
According to a Forbes report, the group took the #ProudBoys as an affront.
The Proud Boys’ chairman, Enrique Tarrio, wrote in Parler that the left is turning the name into a “slur.”
In addition, Tarrio calls #ProudBoys an attempt to “drown out” its supporters’ voices.