Videogame fans watching the Portland Timbers and Houston Dynamo square off last night were no doubt surprised to see Mae Borowski from Night in the Woods pop up in the stands. A huge Mae display was hoisted during the game as part of of a major Pride showcase.

The giant Mae was on display at Major League Soccer’s Providence Park, which also showcased two Pride-related banners. One read, “From Stonewall a brick from Portland an ax,” referencing the 1969 riot and protest for gay rights, while the other sign sported the message, “Respect our pride or expect our wrath.” Of course, the pièce de résistance was Night in the Woods’ Mae rising up from the bottom of the bleachers, complete with a Timbers’ hand axe. In Night in the Woods, Mae is portrayed as a pansexual, making her a perfect pick for Pride representation.

Scott Benson was the artist for A Night in the Woods, and he shared a message about this surprise Mae appearance.

“Jaw dropped. I’ve typed like five or six witty follow ups, but I got nothing. This is the closest I have ever been to being involved in sports. idk folks I’m pleased that our beloved dirtball from down the block continues to show up in unexpected places, and also that those places are generally very good. Anyway I endorse the message and the implied threat of axe violence.”

[Scott Benson, Night in the Woods artist]

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