September 29, 2016
Behead those who insult Pepe!
The ADL, that eternal bastion of sacrilege and indecency, has declared war on one of our most hallowed of icons.
Which, obviously, is a good thing. Because we hate those guys.
However – and this is unforgivable – they have also slandered the good name of Pepe.
Bobby Fischer was a wise man.
Pepe the Frog
Also known as: Sad Frog
Pepe the Frog is a cartoon character that has become a popular Internet meme (often referred to as the “sad frog meme” by people unfamiliar with the name of the character). The character first appeared in 2005 in the on-line cartoon Boy’s Club, created by artist Matt Furie. In that appearance, the character also first used its catchphrase, “feels good, man.”
The Pepe the Frog character did not originally have racist or anti-Semitic connotations. Internet users appropriated the character and turned him into a meme, placing the frog in a variety of circumstances and saying many different things. Many variations of the meme became rather esoteric, resulting in the phenomenon of so-called “rare Pepes.”
Rare Pepe traffickers are the worst of the worst.
The majority of uses of Pepe the Frog have been, and continue to be, non-bigoted. However, it was inevitable that, as the meme proliferated in on-line venues such as 4chan, 8chan, and Reddit, which have many users who delight in creating racist memes and imagery, a subset of Pepe memes would come into existence that centered on racist, anti-Semitic or other bigoted themes.
That’s a bald faced lie!
This is an obvious obfuscation of the nature of Pepe.
Pepe is first and foremost an alt-right meme, born in the chan boards. Many of the actual images don’t portray anything explicitly racist or anti-Jew, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s used by Nazis. It’s one of the symbols of our group.
As such, even if a particular Pepe isn’t dressed in Nazi regalia or isn’t lynching Blacks, it’s still ours.
In recent years, with the growth of the “alt right” segment of the white supremacist movement, a segment that draws some of its support from some of the above-mentioned Internet sites, the number of “alt right” Pepe memes has grown, a tendency exacerbated by the controversial and contentious 2016 presidential election. Though Pepe memes have many defenders, not least the character’s creator, Matt Furie, who has called the alt right appropriation of the meme merely a “phase,” the use of racist and bigoted versions of Pepe memes seems to be increasing, not decreasing.
However, because so many Pepe the Frog memes are not bigoted in nature, it is important to examine use of the meme only in context. The mere fact of posting a Pepe meme does not mean that someone is racist or white supremacist. However, if the meme itself is racist or anti-Semitic in nature, or if it appears in a context containing bigoted or offensive language or symbols, then it may have been used for hateful purposes.
I can’t believe that the ADL didn’t have the common courtesy of just labeling Pepe as a full-fledged hate symbol.
I mean, we worked pretty hard at this. WTF!!??
How much more explicit do we have to be?
Oh, well, they still have an entry for him, which I guess is a start. We’re going to have to double down on our trolling until they update this travesty of an article, however.
Pepe will forever be known as a champion of the White race, and a destroyer of skypes everywhere. The ADL’s lies shall not stand for long.