FWTV – EP020 – SAVING PEPE & PUNCHING NAZI’S
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.
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
Pepe market crash ruins lives in Israel
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