Gritty mascot commandeered for anti-Donald Trump rally in Philadelphia

Jason Owens
Gritty has been the stuff of laughter and nightmares since being unleashed and has now been embraced by the anti-fascist community. (AP)
Gritty has been the stuff of laughter and nightmares since being unleashed and has now been embraced by the anti-fascist community. (AP)

A lot of things can be said about Gritty.

Part crazed muppet, part apparent serial killer with a T-shirt gun, the new Philadelphia Flyers mascot embraces a wide spectrum from fuzzy to terrifying.

We can now add political puppet to the list of Gritty’s attributes.

Gritty’s likeness shows up at anti-fascist rally

Philadelphia citizens commandeered Gritty on Tuesday for an anti-fascist rally during a visit from President Donald Trump.

The orange monstrosity appeared on banners and flags baring harsh language protesting Trump’s presence in their city.

Demonstrators march through the Center City holding a banner with an image of Philadelphia Flyers’ new mascot Gritty before a speech by President Donald Trump at the National Electrical Contractors Convention, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Philadelphia. Philadelphians are using the city’s latest sports mascot to protest a visit by Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Demonstrators march through the Center City holding a banner with an image of Philadelphia Flyers’ new mascot Gritty before a speech by President Donald Trump at the National Electrical Contractors Convention, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Philadelphia. Philadelphians are using the city’s latest sports mascot to protest a visit by Trump. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

One woman found a likeness between the two.

Why Gritty?

Philadelphia based social justice group “The Liberation Project” gave an explanation on Gritty’s appeal to 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.”

To be clear, the actual Gritty did not make an appearance, nor was the use of his image endorsed by the Flyers.

But now that he’s been unleashed, Gritty has been embraced by the people. And the people will use Gritty how they see fit.

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