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FAFO Proud Boys explained: What does the acronym mean?

Olivia Olphin December 14, 2020
FAFO Proud Boys explained: What does the acronym mean?
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As Pro-Trump rallies erupted in cities across the U.S this weekend, the Proud Boys were in attendance. Now, a photo of a Proud Boys member wearing a t-shirt that reads “FAFO Proud Boys” has some people scratching their heads. What does FAFO mean?

Who are the Proud Boys?

The Proud Boys are a far-right group founded by Gavin McInnes in 2016.

The group have previously been involved in altercations with – and violent action against – left-wing groups. Law enforcement agencies accuse the group of having links to white supremacist ideologies.

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However, The Proud boys deny any far-right connections and simply say that they are spreading “anti-political correctness”. The group’s values include “Western chauvinism” and policies such as gun ownership.

The group first gained widespread media attention after President Donald Trump’s comment to them during one of his election interviews: “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by! But I’ll tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about antifa and the left.”

The president received backlash for these comments and for not publicly denouncing the Proud Boys as a potentially dangerous fringe group. Trump has since backtracked and condemned the actions of the Proud Boys.

The Proud Boys were a prominent part of the pro-Trump rallies taking place this weekend in cities such as Washington D.C.

What does FAFO mean?

Although the use of the acronym FAFO with relation to the Proud Boys has not been confirmed, the best known use of the term in pop culture means “F*** around and find out”.

This weekend, a number of Proud Boys protestors across the country had FAFO emblazoned on their t-shirts, hats and other apparel, along with the colours commonly used by the group – yellow and black.

This definition of FAFO has been supported by a number of users on Twitter.

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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.