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Pepe the Frog

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Pepe the Frog is a green anthropomorphic frog used as an Internet meme. The character was created by artist Matt Furie in his comic Boy's Club. He was popularised by 4chan.

While originally without political associations, he has become associated with the alt-right, white nationalism, and Donald Trump (though it doesn't mean everyone using or liking this meme is a nationalist).[1] Hillary Clinton's campaign condemned both Donald Trump and his son for posting images of Pepe on Twitter.[2]

The Anti-Defamation League has listed Pepe the Frog as a hate symbol.[3] Matt Furie tried getting his frog back,[4] but was forced to concede defeat. In May 2017, he killed off the character.[5]

Some claim that Pepe the Frog is the incarnation of the ancient Egyptian god Kek (also known as Kuk[6] or Keku), and worship him as such as part of another 4chan in-joke.[7] The connection between Pepe and Kek has been endorsed by the neoreactionary philosopher Nick Land,[8] and by Davis Aurini.[9]

Take a peep at these Pepes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Olivia Nuzzi, How Pepe the Frog Became a Nazi Trump Supporter and Alt-Right Symbol, The Daily Beast, 26 May 2016
  2. Elizabeth Chan, Donald Trump, Pepe the frog, and white supremacists: an explainer, Hillary for America, September 12, 2016
  3. Anti-Defamation League, Pepe the Frog, Hate on Display™ HATE SYMBOLS DATABASE
  4. http://edition.cnn.com/2016/10/18/us/save-pepe-the-frog-trnd/ #SavePepe: Campaign aims to reclaim Internet frog from hate groups (retrieved November 4, 2016)
  5. Pepe the Frog creator kills off internet meme co-opted by white supremacists
  6. Useful travel fact — the word "kuk" literally means rooster "cock" in Swedish.
  7. Cult of Kek, Know Your Meme
  8. http://www.xenosystems.net/kek/
  9. Pepe, Kek, and the Rise of an Elder God