Cats and Gay Men Take Over #ProudBoys Hashtag During 'Million MAGA March'

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 14: People participate in the “Million MAGA March” from Freedom Plaza to the Supreme Court, on November 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump marching to protest the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images/Getty

As the Proud Boys protested the results of the 2020 presidential election in Washington D.C. Saturday, people on Twitter countered the far-right group during the 'Million MAGA March' by flooding #ProudBoys with memes and pictures of cats and pancakes.

In an attempt to drown out videos, pictures and information about the protests, people mocked Proud Boys by using their name literally and reclaiming it as a sense of gay pride. They sarcastically wrote in their support for the march by sharing GIFs and pictures that appear to show support for the LGBTQ+ community.

Heard a lot of #ProudBoys were going to the #MillionMAGAMarch and they're walking to the theme of YMCA? Just know the rest of America supports you.

— Joe 🇺🇸 (@FellsPointJoe) November 14, 2020

#MAGAMillionMarch is an excuse for #ProudBoys to be free for one day.

— Mag7971 (@menace271422) November 14, 2020

Proud Boys on standby #ProudBoys #MarchForTrump #MillionsMAGAMarch

— 💙Nada Moore💙 (@nada_moore55) November 14, 2020

People also added the #MillionMAGAMarch or variations of the hashtag to also flood the general protest's Twitter feed.

Members of the LGBTQ+ community have shared images of gay couples with the Proud Boys hashtag since October, according to the BBC. Star Trek actor George Takei seemed to have kicked off the trend by calling on young people via Twitter and TikTok to action.

"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," he wrote.

There's also a Twitter account with the handle @ProudBoysUS that seeks to reclaim the term as an LGBTQ+ inclusive term. According to Twitter, the account joined in August 2018 and has over 44,000 followers.

"The Proud Boys are a queer, pan-gender, multi-cultural organization who will not apologize for our space in the modern world," the account's bio says.

Sharing cat pictures with #ProudBoys was another popular meme.

It would be a real shame if people used the #ProudBoys hashtag to just post pictures of cats or something.

Like these #ProudBoys

— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) November 14, 2020

#ProudBoys is the hashtag to use for cat gifs.

That’s what I heard.

— The Hoarse Whisperer (@TheRealHoarse) November 14, 2020

Besides cats and gay men, pancakes were the other popular meme to try to disrupt the Proud Boys' protests on Twitter. Some people also shared crossovers with the gay pride posts by sharing stacks of pancakes that were colored to look like the LGBT pride flag.

Let’s mess with the #MillionMAGAMarch and post pics of pancakes 🥞 #ProudBoys

— Dr. Tony Ortega (@DrTonyOrtega) November 14, 2020

#MarchForTrump #MAGAMillionMarch #ProudBoys
When you're done whining and crying, enjoy your "Pancake of Shame".

— Scribes Unlimited Publishing (@WritersWithCats) November 14, 2020

Other people also used the pancake meme to amplify President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 election. One person shared a photo of Biden in what appears to be a diner with a plate of flapjacks in front of him. Another person shared a tasty-looking plate of "blueberry pancakes to celebrate blue states."

Here’s President Elect @JoeBiden having some delicious pancakes #proudboys #MillionMAGAMarch

— Thomas Brunkard (@thomasbrunkard) November 14, 2020

Blueberry pancakes to celebrate blue states #MillionMAGAMarch #ProudBoys

— Kathleen Carter (@kathleenbethany) November 14, 2020

As previously reported, the "Million MAGA March" was scheduled to begin at Washington, D.C.'s Freedom Plaza at noon. The protests are part of rallies like "Stop the Steal" in which President Donald Trump's supporters have protested against unverified claims that the election was "stolen" from Trump.

While many people tried to drown out the Proud Boys' posts, other people mocked them by sharing videos of the group chanting "f**k Antifa." Many remarked how Antifa is simply a shorthand for "Anti-Fascism" therefore implying that the Proud Boys must be pro-fascism. Other people made fun of them by taking the chant literally, responding as if the Proud Boys wanted to have sexual relations with Antifa.

Trump's #ProudBoys - "F**k Antifa...f**ck Antifa..."

Sorry, Incels... you're not my type.

— Marsh4LL (@Marsh4LL1) November 8, 2020