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Gaysper is a rainbow colored ghost emoticon named after Casper that has been reclaimed from the Spanish far-right party, Vox, by the LGBTQ community as a symbol of far-right resistance against Vox.


On April 28th, Spanish far-right group Vox[1] tweeted a Lord of the Rings battle screenshot photoshopping symbols associated with the far-left as the enemy army (shown below). The tweet gained over 16,900 likes and 8,500 replies in three days (shown below). A rainbow colored emoji ghost represented the LGBTQ community.

tweet by far right Spanish group Vox of a LotR scene with leftist symbols representing the enemy


On April 28th, 2019, @JesusOrtex[2] called on the LGBTQ community to reclaim the symbol from the far-right group as their own (shown below). The tweet gained over 2,700 retweets and 9,400 likes in three days.

Spanish tweet asking the lgbt community to reclaim the rainbow colored ghost emoji

Over the next few days, the LGBTQ community reclaimed the emoji by sharing the icon over Twitter using the hashtag #gaysper. Twitter user @modesto_garcia[3] suggested dressing up as gaysper during pride gatherings (shown below, left). The costume photo gained over 2,000 likes and 300 retweets in two days. That same day Twitter user @manupalmer[4] praised the communities (shown below, right).

costume of Gaysper the rainbow colored ghost Gmanupalmer La ultraderecha se mofa de nosotros con una caricatura y el colectivo una vez más coge algo supuestamente denigrante y lo convierte en seña de identidad. Y no hay nada que odien más que eso. Todos somos #gaysper Translate Tweet 6:10 AM -29 Apr 2019

Various Examples

FormulaTV @FormulaTV @Buenafuente entrevista al personaje del momento: #Gaysper, el fantasma LGTBI+ usado por VOX Translate Tweet LATE MOTIV 2:52 AM 1 May 2019 ai lu 10 @Alvaroenlamente #Gaysper Buenos dias a.. @vox, es ME TIENEN MIEDO PORQUE SOY UN FANTASMA ¿VERDAD MAMA? NO CARINO TIENEN MIEDO PORQUE ERES LIBRE 4 12:06 AM -30 Apr 2019 Dani Molinero @dlmolinero Ya tengo mi chapa de #Gaysper el nuevo icono #latbi gracias a #vox Translate Tweet 11:51 AM -1 May 2019 Palleiro @some plug #gaysper TT jajajja me muero e al menos los de @vox_es nos valen para hacer memes Translate Tweet MARICON 8:24 AM - 29 Apr 2019 Pajarito @PajarilloLibre Ya es de dia y he podido hacerle una foto decente a mi pequeño #gaysper Translate Tweet 1:04 AM-30 Apr 2019 Omowen GLayfiKunikida If they scare you, you become gay #Gaysper 10:37 AM - 30 Apr 2019

External References

[1] Twitter – Vox_es

[2] Twitter – JesusOrtex

[3] Twitter – Modesto_Garcia

[4] Twitter – Manupalmer

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