In 2005 illustrator Matt Furie introduced the world to Pepe the Frog through his comic strip book Boy’s Club.  The lovable scamp and his friends managed to gain cult-like status in the online world as they tackled life in their early 20’s.

As one Buzzfeed journalist put it:

“Even the most plain Pepe expresses a deep and complex portrayal of the feelings of isolation of the young male in a hyper-connected digital world”

However follow a series of unfortunate events this happy-go-lucky frog was hi-jacked by the wave of far-right nationalism and somehow ended up becoming the symbol of their movement.

This episode delves into the world of Pepe and takes a look at how Matt Furie reclaimed control of his creation and stood up to hate.


Reference Links

Save Pepe – Guardian –

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