Two very different groups of men are at war on the internet today: the far-right group known as the Proud Boys—and the thousands of gay Twitter users who flooded that platform with pro-LGBT images, marking those posts with #proudboys.
The hashtag trended in North America throughout Sunday with gay Twitter users sharing images of themselves, their spouses and other gay people. Several celebrities added their voices to the mix, including Star Trek’s George Takei.
“We’re proud of all the gay folks who have stepped up to reclaim our pride,” Takei wrote, posting a picture of himself and his husband Brad. It received nearly 75,000 likes. “Our community and allies answered hate with love.”
The official Twitter account of the Canadian Armed Forces in the United States took part, too, tweeting a picture of two men kissing—one a corporal named Brent Kenny—with #proudboys. “Love is love,” the group wrote in a reply tweet. It was perhaps not a surprising piece of activism from a group that describes itself in its Twitter bio as: “Nice people. Maple syrup.” The Canadian Navy’s Twitter account later retweeted the image, as did the account for the ship that Kenny sailed on, the Winnipeg.
The demonstration that Takei and the others took part in is a response to the spotlight that has been
Isn’t 2020 bad enough already? Now someone has to go and sucker-punch actor Rick Moranis on a New York street? The New York Police Department confirmed to CBS New York that the Ghostbusters actor, who’s 67, was randomly attacked by a stranger Thursday morning on the city’s Upper West Side.
Surveillance cameras show a man walk up and with no provocation and punch Moranis in the head, knocking him down. The actor went to the hospital with pain in his head, back and hip, CNET sister site CBS reported, but his management team later said Moranis is “fine, but grateful for everyone’s thoughts and well wishes.”
Moranis may be fine, but people are furious on his behalf. Even Captain America — aka, actor Chris Evans — was outraged. “My blood is boiling,” Evans wrote in a tweet. “Find this man. You don’t touch Rick Moranis.”
Ryan Reynolds, who recently coaxed Moranis into appearing in a, also spoke out.
“Should have known not to subject Rick to the year 2020,” Reynolds wrote. “Glad to hear he’s OK.”
It wasn’t just the famous who were outraged.
“Lemme find out who hit him,” wrote one Twitter user. “That’s my favorite childhood actor. The man made Ghostbusters. Honey I Shrunk the Kids!” Wrote another, “You come for Rick Moranis you come for all of us.”