Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers’ Bizarre New Mascot, Is Antifa Now
Anti-fascists have claimed the NHL’s new orange Muppet as their own anti-Trump.
By Kelly Weill - 10.03.18 11:52 AM ET
“This is a joke people have been making for a while,” Ciccariello-Maher told The Daily Beast. “Since Gritty’s appearance, people have, half tongue-in-cheek, joke about Gritty being a queer or trans icon and a radical spokesperson. These are always half jokes, but they’re also things people are putting some real politics behind as well.”source : the daily beast
“Gritty is a symbol of Philadelphia,” the group told The Daily Beast. “It's not that he's an anti-fascist character, it's that he's representative of the people, and the people of Philadelphia are grittily anti-fascist.”
Sure, Antifa Gritty is sort of a joke. He’s a corporate mascot for a moneyed sports league, adopted by activists whose work usually falls into the more sobering realm of countering the city’s record of police brutality and mass incarceration. But now that the left has recruited Gritty, Ciccariello-Maher says they’re not giving him back.
“Lots of people had been making these statements for a while,” he said, “and claiming Gritty as their own as a way to seize him away from the sports complex, to seize him away from the right wing and insist that he’s going to be a symbol of resistance. It’s really been astonishing.”
The Philadelphia Flyers did not return a request for comment on Gritty’s political alignment.
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