There is a documentary coming out about how Pepe the Frog became a “white supremacist hate symbol.”
Feels Good Man is a 2020 American documentary film about the Internet meme Pepe the Frog. Marking the directorial debut of Arthur Jones, the film stars artist Matt Furie, the creator of Pepe. The film follows Furie as he struggles to reclaim control of Pepe from members of the alt-right who have co-opted the image for their own purposes. The film premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and won a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Emerging Filmmaker. It was also nominated in the U.S. Documentary Competition at Sundance.
The trailer was released this week, and it is quite a thing.
Matt Furie appears to have something wrong with him, and the footage feels as though they are really taking advantage of him.
Some will recall that when Pepe first was declared a “symbol of white supremacy,” Furie was asked about it and he just said he thought it was weird, and he was concerned that the color was wrong in many of the memes being spread.
Then, the Israeli Anti-Defamation League got to him, either threatening him or paying him (likely both), and he then began the crusade that this documentary is apparently about.
I was personally involved in making Pepe the symbol that he became, of course, and I was very happy when the ADL went nuts over it, given that it made them look ridiculous and unhinged. They literally brought the disturbed retard Furie to be a headlining speaker at one of their events.
The ADL then engaged in a copyright troll campaign against me, which resulted in me never being able to post a picture of Pepe on the site without having my IP addresses canceled. This was clearly illegal what they were doing, as obviously I can post pictures of anything I want to post pictures of. Disney never threatened me for posting a picture of their cartoons. But, I didn’t have the resources to fight back, and by the time the ADL was doing this, Pepe wasn’t exactly all that hip anyway.
Now, however, with a documentary about how bad it is for right-wingers to use this symbol, he may well become hip again. You also have to wonder if that wasn’t the goal in releasing a film like this just before the election. Surely, they didn’t think anything good would come from this?