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.[1] In 2008 its popularity grew steadily grew across Myspace and Gaia OnlineWikipedia's W.svg, being popularised by 4chan in the same period.[2] By 2015, it had even become one of the most popular memes used on Tumblr, the residence of its current nemesis, the SJW.[3]

While originally without political associations, as of 2015 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).[4] Hillary Clinton's campaign condemned both Donald Trump and his son for posting images of Pepe on Twitter.[5]

The Anti-Defamation League has listed Pepe as a hate symbol, but noted that most instances of Pepe were not used in a hate-related context.[6] Matt Furie tried getting his frog back,[7] but was forced to concede defeat. In May 2017, he killed off the character.[8]

Some claim that Pepe is the incarnation of the ancient Egyptian god Kek (also known as Kuk[9] or Keku), and worship him as such as part of another 4chan in-joke called the "Cult of Keke".[10] The connection between Pepe and Kek has been endorsed by the neoreactionary philosopher Nick Land,[11] and by Davis Aurini.[12]

Take a peep at these Pepes[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. Hathaway, Jay (December 9, 2015). "Tumblr's Biggest Meme of 2015 Was Pepe the Frog". New York Magazine. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  4. Olivia Nuzzi, How Pepe the Frog Became a Nazi Trump Supporter and Alt-Right Symbol, The Daily Beast, 26 May 2016
  5. Elizabeth Chan, Donald Trump, Pepe the frog, and white supremacists: an explainer, Hillary for America, September 12, 2016
  6. Anti-Defamation League, Pepe the Frog, Hate on Display™ HATE SYMBOLS DATABASE
  7. 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)
  8. Pepe the Frog creator kills off internet meme co-opted by white supremacists
  9. Useful travel fact — the word "kuk" literally means rooster "cock" in Swedish.
  10. Cult of Kek, Know Your Meme
  11. http://www.xenosystems.net/kek/
  12. Pepe, Kek, and the Rise of an Elder God