Boys will be boys, and these boys are quite proud of who they are.
I think we can all agree that 2020 has been filled with a ton of negativity, and a lot of it is spread through the internet. Every so often, though, the internet fights back. And it’s awesome.
Back in June, Twitter’s trending page blew up with the hashtags #MAGA, #BlueLivesMatter, and the white supremacist hashtag #WhiteoutWednesday, in protest to the Black Lives Matter movement and the #BlackoutTuesday trend. However, these far-right hashtags weren’t trending because they were being used by their base but used by none other than the ARMY that is K-Pop fans.
The point of this K-Pop movement wasn’t for them to take part in the hashtag’s original meaning, but to give it a whole new one by flooding people’s newsfeeds with K-Pop GIFs, clips, photos, and fan art so that when you clicked on it, you’d find no far-right or far-left drivel, only K-Pop content as far as the eye can see.
The move was applauded by a majority of the internet, and it’s happening all over again. Not all heroes wear capes, right?
Thanks to last week’s Presidential Debate, a group you may now be familiar with is the Proud Boys. A far-right group with a long history of hate and violence, they unfortunately also have ties to white supremacy and associate themselves with overtly racist figures. During the debate, when asked if he condemns white supremacy, Trump replied that the Proud Boys should ‘stand back and stand by.’
This weekend, the hashtag for that group #ProudBoys began to trend, but—you guessed it—it meant something totally different. The hashtag is being reclaimed by gay men, who are proud to be with their partners and not afraid to show it, posting photos of them with their partners showing PDA. I’m not crying, you’re crying!
Actor George Takei kick-started the trend, tweeting for help from the ‘BTS or TikTok kids’ to turn this hashtag into something positive for the LGBTQ+ community.
“What if gay guys took pictures of themselves making out with each other or doing very gay things, then tagged themselves with #ProudBoys” he wrote. His call for action inspired gay couples around the world, and thus, a beautiful trend was born.
I’ve said it once and I’l say it again: don’t spread hate on the internet people. Love is love is love!