The Internet loves to react to things. So when the Boy Scouts of America announced yesterday that it would be allowing girls to participate in its full program, people inevitably headed to Twitter to share their thoughts on the change. While many praised the move as a step towards ending gender inequality, there were people could not resist voicing their displeasure with the move. Some of the criticism was level-headed and reasonable, some people just spewed their ignorant views without any regard for nuance or facts, and some of it was just plain bonkers. Here are some of the best and worst tweets complaining about the Boy Scouts allowing girls to join.
JUST IN: Girl Scouts responds to Boy Scouts' decision to admit girls. Here are excerpts of my conversation with an executive. pic.twitter.com/UVQy1z2Wkl
— Tasneem N (@TasneemN) October 11, 2017
The Girl Scouts released a statement where the organization absolutely ripped into the Boy Scouts, claiming the move is being made purely to “boost their declining membership.”
Instead of letting girls join Boy Scouts, they should just make Girl Scouts better. I quit because they wouldn't let us do anything cool.
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) October 11, 2017
Many fairly wondered why this change was necessary when Girl Scouts already exists.
Strange, I thought that's what the Girl Scouts was for??? https://t.co/8Dhub01Ihi
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 11, 2017
Donald Trump Jr. is not the most rational guy on Twitter, but he brought up a reasonable point about the Girl Scouts, which has been around nearly as long as the Boy Scouts.
I know the money and organizing abilities of the Girl Scouts is what will decide this street beef. I'm gonna lay low during the War 😳
— Killer Mike (@KillerMike) October 12, 2017
Rapper Killer Mike simply wants to avoid getting caught in the crossfire of the inevitable Scout War.
The Girl Scouts were inclusive of gay and trans girls and women without anyone needing to sue them or publicly shame them into it.
— Ridley (@_Ridley_) October 11, 2017
Ridley called out the Boy Scouts for its extensive history of exclusivity and bigotry while praising the Girl Scouts for long embracing progressive values.
1. make the girl scouts program better.
2. merge the programs and call it "SCOUTS"..stop pushing these gender roles on kids!
— Ryan Stalvey (@RyanStalvey00) October 11, 2017
Spooky Ryan came up with the pretty reasonable idea of simply ditching “boy” and “girl” to create a giant Scout program for kids who just want to have fun and learn about the great outdoors.
Apparently, caving to gender politics is a virtue in the Boy Scouts.
You had a nice run.
Too bad you voluntarily destroyed yourselves. https://t.co/zeXzcyY7sl
— Mark Pantano (@TheMarkPantano) October 11, 2017
Conservative writer Mark Pantano continued to deliver some of the worst takes around. “Caving to Gender Politics” would be a cool badge though.
— Kat #ISTANDWITHGENFLYNN ALWAYS (@KatTheHammer1) October 12, 2017
Kat somehow managed to awkwardly force participation trophies into the debate. Still not entirely sure why, but she deserves some sort of prize for creativity.
Boy Scouts just took a knee to PC. Becoming no gender scouts. Americans have no choice but to say bye. Sad, my hero father was an Eagle Sct
— leah bird johnson (@leahbirdjohnso2) October 12, 2017
Leah Bird Johnson inexplicably brings the National Anthem controversy into her argument. Also, just by her own logic, wouldn’t having more Eagle Scouts be a good thing?
If girls can join Boy Scouts then there won’t be anymore Girl Scouts & if there is no more Girl Scouts there’s no more cookies. Unacceptable
— Ainsley (@ainsleyyy_b) October 12, 2017
Ainsley was just concerned about the cookies. Don’t know if that’s insane or reasonable. Weird times.