Gay Men Hijack 'Proud Boys' Hashtag In Powerful Social Media Campaign

These new-version Proud Boys are "standing bi," quipped one wag.
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Gay men launched a savvy campaign over the weekend to appropriate the hashtag of the white supremacist 鈥淧roud Boys鈥 with a tsunami of touching images and messages on social media.

The love resistance movement sent 鈥淧roud Boys鈥 zooming into the trending stratosphere.

But the posts weren鈥檛 riddled with the disturbing images and hate-spewing messages by the group Donald Trump told to 鈥渟tand by鈥 after he was asked to condemn white supremacists at last week鈥檚 presidential debate. (He finally renounced the Proud Boys days later after a backlash.)

Instead, these Proud Boys Twitter posts were filled with photos of embraces and wedding scenes, and expressions of love.

In honor of the campaign, the official Twitter account of the Canadian Armed Forces in the U.S. posted an image of a service member kissing his partner with emojis of Canada鈥檚 flag, the rainbow flag and the rehabbed Proud Boys hashtag. 鈥淟ove is love,鈥 piped up the Royal Canadian Navy.

It鈥檚 not clear who launched the movement. But 鈥Star Trek鈥 veteran George Takei appeared to be one of the first to pitch the idea on Thursday.

Takei posted a photo Sunday with his husband of 12 years. 鈥淲e鈥檙e proud of all of the gay folks who have stepped up to reclaim our pride in this campaign,鈥 he tweeted.

Bobby Berk, host of the Netflix series 鈥Queer Eye,鈥 tweeted: 鈥淟ook at these cute lil #ProudBoys,鈥 and included a photo with his husband. 鈥淩etweet and make this hashtag about love, not hate,鈥 he added.

Florida Democratic state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith tweeted Sunday that he鈥檚 joining 鈥渢housands of gay men on social media to reclaim #ProudBoys from white supremacists and bigoted neo-nazis. Let鈥檚 replace the hashtag with images of love, positivity, and true PRIDE!鈥

Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the hater Proud Boys, claimed that he found the movement 鈥hysterical.鈥 He told CNN: 鈥淭his isn鈥檛 something that鈥檚 offensive to us. We don鈥檛 care who people sleep with. People think it鈥檚 going to bother us. It doesn鈥檛.鈥

Tarrio appeared to miss the point of replacing his group鈥檚 message of hate with love. If it鈥檚 successful, it鈥檚 not Tarrio鈥檚 gang that people will think of when they hear the name. Instead, they鈥檒l envision rainbow flags and making out.

It also turned out that Tarrio 鈥 and his boys 鈥 weren鈥檛 so cool with the love resistance after all. He griped on Parler (his group has been banned from Twitter since 2018) that the left was trying to turn the Proud Boys鈥 name into 鈥渁 slur,鈥 Forbes reported. Other followers were apoplectic.

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