Gritty shows up at Philadelphia far-right rally in full force

Ahead of the “We the People” rally Saturday, organized by far-right groups, counterprotesters had already gathered in Philadelphia’s Independence Mall. In the crowd, one face popped up again and again: Gritty.

The grinning, orange-haired, crazy-eyed monster was unveiled as a mascot for the Philadelphia Flyers in September and quickly became an internet sensation. The character was adopted as an unofficial symbol of antifa and even prompted an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal (that tried to reclaim him from antifa groups).  

Per photos posted to social media, Gritty showed up at the “We the People” counterprotest in the form of signs and homemade outerwear featuring the mascot.

Some had already used the Gritty spirit to denounce the rally in the days building up to it.

While Gritty’s presence at the protest wasn’t an official showing with the Philadelphia Flyers, the mascot has the support of the Philadelphia City Council as, not only antifa, but a “non-binary leftist icon.” So far, he’s living up to the name.


Samira Sadeque

Samira Sadeque

Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, and NBC among other publications. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, and her work has been nominated for SAJA awards. Follow: @Samideque