Members of the Proud Boys—the far-right domestic terror group—were roasted after a video showed them protesting an Ohio drag event by dancing to the disco song "YMCA" which is commonly considered a gay anthem.
The organizers of the all-ages drag show in Columbus, Ohio, were forced to cancel the event after the Proud Boys threatened to disrupt it.
The decision to cancel was because of a failure to arrange a satisfactory security plan, according to Cheryl Ryan, the school manager of Red Oak Community School which had organized the event in partnership with the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus.
The Proud Boys' opposition to the event comes amid a wider conservative pushback against drag queen story hours, which conservatives have alleged are an opportunity to "indoctrinate" children into the LGBTQ+ community rather than an opportunity to impart values of inclusivity and acceptance.
But there was something undoubtedly ironic about the notoriously homophobic group protesting the event while dancing to one of the most quintessentially gay songs ever made.
Check them out in the video below.
Taken at face value, the song—by the disco group Village People—appears to extol the virtues of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA).
However, in the gay culture from which the image and music of the Village People came, the song was implicitly understood as celebrating YMCA's reputation as a popular cruising and hookup spot, particularly for the younger men to whom it was addressed.
The song was released in 1978 as the only single from Village People's third studio album, Cruisin', underscoring the tongue-in-cheek nature of the song and the successful attempt by the group's producers to attract disco's gay audience by featuring popular gay fantasy in their music.
The Proud Boys have been widely mocked online as a result.
Who’s going to tell them “YMCA” is the unofficial LGBTQ anthem? 🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/QxRMMoXRyN— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@Ana Navarro-Cárdenas) 1670264931
Can someone let the Proud Boys and Redhatts know this is a famous GAY ANTHEM about hooking up with GAY MEN?! 🤣🤣🤣… https://t.co/xOm4qpyhay— JessTeezn on POST.news (@JessTeezn on POST.news) 1670265474
Mental note Drag shows are a no go but dancing and singing to a song sung by 6 gay guys dress as a cop, constructio… https://t.co/j9e6PUFUtb— James Tate (@James Tate) 1670284097
They just don't get it. https://t.co/xUysiBUkSp— Carolyn S. (@Carolyn S.) 1670291862
Could it be they're all closeted?... Or are they just that stupid? https://t.co/cWlxnFKICd— 💙𝕮𝖍𝖗𝖎𝖘: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘕𝘶𝘤𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘊𝘰𝘸𝘣𝘰𝘺💙 (@💙𝕮𝖍𝖗𝖎𝖘: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘕𝘶𝘤𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘊𝘰𝘸𝘣𝘰𝘺💙) 1670295316
Who wants to tell them? The lack of intelligence & common sense among these people is frightening. It's stunts lik… https://t.co/xSd8TG0MDy— 🌊Sheryl Lynne (insert blue checkmark here) (@🌊Sheryl Lynne (insert blue checkmark here)) 1670209413
Members of the Proud Boys have previously spoken openly about the group's unabashedly homophoic culture. However, that doesn't mean the group hasn't previously been called out for engaging in behavior that goes against their own principles.
Last year, the organization's chairman Enrique Tarrio had people raising their eyebrows after he said that Proud Boys members resolve disputes by slapping each other on the buttocks, kissing each other's cheeks, and even licking each other's faces.
Tarrio, with no sense of irony whatsoever, referred to these bonding sessions as "pretty magical."