Washington DC’s CBS News affiliate reports:
As pro-Trump supporters descended on D.C. for the second MAGA march Saturday, some men wearing Proud Boys gear were seen sporting yellow kilts…to the shock of the kilts’ maker.
The owner of Verillas in Fredericksburg, Allister Greenbrier, said his business produced the yellow kilts seen in the photo snapped by NPR reporter Hannah Allam.
Other videos have circulated social media showing the same men mooning the crowd, with the words “Fuck Antifa” written on their butts in sharpie markers.
Yahoo News reports:
Allister Greenbrier, the owner of Verillas, tells Yahoo Life that when the team saw a photo of the men wearing the kilts, “we thought we were doomed.”
“Our voice is small, and even a business as large as Fred Perry [a British clothing label whose polos were adopted by the Proud Boys earlier this year] has said little about this kind of thing,” Greenbrier says.
“But when we donated the proceeds, and then some, from this unfortunate sale, the support pouring in behind our message has been tremendous.”
The company later confirmed it has now pulled the yellow kilts from sale and is offering a free color exchange for anyone who has previously purchased one but does not want to be inadvertently associated with the far-right group. The Proud Boys appear to have chosen the kilts to match their uniform of black and yellow polo shirts.
Disgusted to see members of “Proud Boys” a fascist terrorist org wearing our products. We’re LGBTQIA+ owned, operated, designed and lived. We’re against everything they stand for. I see $750 of our gear in the picture – I just gave $1000 to the NAACP to redirect hate to love. pic.twitter.com/eMdwW8Azrj
— Verillas (@Verillas) December 12, 2020
Today started as a fulfillment of my worst fears as a professional. This incredible community turned it all around. Verillas will be a strong voice in the chorus for progress alongside you all. Our purposed is renewed and our vision is clear. Thank you all so, so much.
— Verillas (@Verillas) December 13, 2020
“Disgusted to see members of ‘Proud Boys,’ a fascist terrorist [organization] wearing our products,” the Virginia-based brand tweeted. https://t.co/8Rsi6XZijX
— Out Magazine (@outmagazine) December 14, 2020
When the LGBTQ+-owned and -operated Virginia kilt company Verillas saw photos circulating on social media that showed members of the violent, far-right group Proud Boys wearing its kilts in Washington, D.C., the company made sure its views were known. pic.twitter.com/TSKA4NGbVi
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) December 14, 2020
“What were you doing in 2020 Grandpa?”
“Well son, I was a member of a white supremacist group called the ‘Proud Boys’ so we would dress up in yellow kilts, write in permanent marker on each other’s butts and attack civil rights protestors and people who didn’t look like us.”
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) December 13, 2020
Backstory of ProudBoys in Kilts:
Kilts were ordered from company called Verillas, LGBTQ owned + very progressive & have a line for Pride. The owner saw the pic of jackasses & realized they were wearing $750 worth of their merchandise. Horrified, he made a $1000 donation to NAACP. pic.twitter.com/XLjubJx8yh
— Beep🌻 (@fiercefreckled) December 13, 2020
The Proud Boys would like you to believe that nothing says, “You should be very afraid” like a bunch of racist hillbillies wearing kilts. pic.twitter.com/7v3PcnVV6G
— Dr. David A. Lustig (@drdave1999) December 13, 2020