Fall Out Boy Fan Goes Viral For Supporting Ferguson Police

Chris Stanford
Fall Out Boy photographed on Dec. 19, 2014 at Tom Lowe Trap & Skeet in Atlanta, Georgia.

A 19-year-old Fall Out Boy fan is getting a lot of attention for standing up in support of the maligned police department in Ferguson, Mo.

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Lexi Kozhevsky was photographed by Lynden Steel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Monday night standing in front of a line of police officers, defending them amidst protests around the one year anniversary of Michael Brown's death. The caption read, "Lexi, 19, stands to protect cops, 'I would rather get hit by something than let it hit them.'"

 

Kozhevsky's act of defiance for the man became an overnight sensation, quickly becoming a meme and gaining comparisons to iconic defiant Tiananmen Square Tank Man, only basically the opposite. 

Billboard reached out to Fall Out Boy rep, but the band was unavailable for comment. 

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Kozhevsky spoke with Vice about the sudden attention over her actions and her allegiance to the pop punk mainstays. When asked why she decided to wear that shirt to the protest, she said it had really just been an accident. 

"That was my outfit for the day," she said. "I didn't plan on going there in my Fall Out Boy T-shirt, it was just my outfit."

As for whether she prefers new or old Fall Out Boy, she said "probably" the old stuff. 

And regarding her musical preferences otherwise, she said, "I like everything. I would say alternative. I have a few rappers I like, have some EDM, all that jazz."

Watch an interview with Kozhevsky and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch here: