Over the weekend, gay and LGBT people hijacked the #ProudBoys hashtag, usually reserved for the far-right, neo-fascist, and male-only organization, on social media.
The trend follows Donald Trump spotlighting the racist group by saying "Proud Boys, stand back and stand by" (whatever that means) during his TV debate against Democratic rival Joe Biden.
Then, Star Trek actor George Takei took to Twitter to suggest taking over the term. "I wonder if the BTS and TikTok kids can help LGBTs with this," he said. "What if gay guys took pictures of themselves making out with each other or doing very gay things, then tagged themselves with #ProudBoys. I bet it would mess them up real bad. #ReclaimingMyShine."
As the new and improved hashtag began to take off, the iconic actor added: "Look up what’s trending now on #ProudBoys. You’re welcome, Internet." After that, thousands of posts from betrothed boys of all ages and races - as well as some from proud single boys, also spread far and wide on the platform.