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 – https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/nov/04/save-pepe-cartoon-frog-meme-matt-furie-trump

Buzzfeed – https://www.buzzfeed.com/katienotopoulos/what-is-the-market-value-of-a-rare-pepe?utm_term=.gyYqJNJG9#.pl5D0706e

Know Your Meme – http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/nazi-pepe-controversy

Nazi Pepe – http://www.jta.org/2016/09/28/news-opinion/pepe-the-frog-meme-added-to-adl-hate-database

Video

 

Pepe market crash ruins lives in Israel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdhNkv4ryuM

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