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Clown World or Heil Honkler is an alt-right propaganda meme. The "Honkler" image first appeared on 4chan in February 2019. Clown World and Honkler are part of the alt-right effort to obfuscate racism and hate with seemingly innocuous memes.
White nationalist usage
“”They will adopt our child, and post Honkler on social media under mainstream memes already in circulation. There will come a time when we must take him back. … Whether of the HONK or not, we must perpetuate this meme to show the world our ideas.
The alt-right uses memes as an online radicalization tool. One of the best known icons is Pepe the Frog, a meme co-opted by 4chan in 2008. Honkler resembles Pepe, but in a clown outfit. Like Pepe, Honkler also has racist connotations and is explicitly alt-right, often used by neo-Nazis.
"Clown world" was a phrase used in the subculture from about 2015 - that the US was a "clown country" because it didn't actually murder everyone who wasn't white. The phrase started being heavily promoted on The Right Stuff's podcast "The Daily Shoah" in 2017
The "Honkler" meme originated on 4chan board /pol/ in February 2019 in a thread titled "Operation Honk". Referred to as Honk Honk or Honkler, it quickly gained popularity across the internet in far-right groups, where Honkler imagery portrays antisemitic, homophobic, transphobic, and racist tropes.
Honkler is the main figure of the clown world, though other alt-right imagery is also drawn over by clown features, including images of Adolf Hitler and shock imagery.
Association with black pill nihilism
- Right Wing Watch; Jared Holt, April 4, 2019: White Nationalists Adopt Clowns as Their Next Racist Symbol (Yes, Seriously). (archive snapshot)
- Daniel E. Harper and Jack Graham. I Don't Speak German, Episode 14: The Red Pill and YouTube.
- 4chan; /pol/ OPERATION *HONK* (archived)
- Reddit; OutOfTheLoop: What is going on with this "clown world" thing?
- Know Your Meme: Clown Pepe / Honk Honk / Clown World. (archive snapshot)