After the U.S. Presidential debate last week, the hate group “Proud Boys” was thrust into the limelight. However, on Sunday, the Canadian Forces trolled the group by reclaiming the name and what followed was pretty wholesome indeed!
During the U.S. Presidential debate, Donald Trump was asked to condemn hate groups such as the “Proud Boys” — a notorious, right-wing hate group.
When the American president responded with a pretty awkward stand back and stand by comment, the group’s name began circulating on social media.
🇨🇦🏳️🌈 #ProudBoys https://t.co/rEFL7xIqXu— Canadian Forces in 🇺🇸 (@Canadian Forces in 🇺🇸) 1601815227.0
The Canadian Armed Forces, inspired by a wider Twitter trend, decided to join-in to reclaim the two words.
Sharing an image of two gay men kissing, the official Canadian Forces in the United States Twitter page wrote, “#ProudBoys” with the Canadian flag and Pride flag emojis.
The tweet got plenty of attention, including a “like” from NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and a response from Schitt’s Creek’s Dan Levy.
After garnering over 80,000 likes within mere hours, the page wrote, “If you wear our uniform, know what it means. If you’re thinking about wearing our uniform, know what it means."
"Love is love. Know what we mean?” they added.
In another follow-up note, the Canadian Forces said, “They were silent. They were shunned. They weren’t always welcomed. This is about us, then, now. This is for them. They are Us.”
Over the weekend, #ProudBoys has been used across social media as a celebration of gay relationships, in an effort to reclaim those words from the associated hate group.
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