Twitter users have claimed the Proud Boys hashtag with photos and tweets depicting LGBTQ love in an attempt to divert attention from the controversial group. It’s unclear who the idea was, but the campaign is believed to have been successful thanks to a push from actor George Takei, who tweeted the idea on Oct.1.
“And if gay guys photographed themselves making out or doing very gay things, then they would tag themselves with #ProudBoys. I bet it would really mess them up. #ReclaimingMyShine,” Takei wrote.
Interest in the Proud Boys increased a few days earlier, after the first presidential debate in which Donald Trump refused to condemn white supremacists andto “stand back and watch”.
President Trumpand the Proud Boys two days after the Tuesday debate.
The group was created by Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes in 2016 and is considered a designated hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center civil rights advocacy group. “They are known for anti-Muslim and misogynist rhetoric,” notes the SPLC.
Since Takei’s call to action, Twitter users have shared their LGBTQ love.
Takei even tweeted her love story.
“We are proud of all the gay people who have come forward to claim our pride in this campaign,” Takei tweeted of the hashtag acquisition.