[33] Fantagraphics Books, Furie's publisher, issued a statement condemning the "illegal and repulsive appropriations of the character". [96] Furie responded in an email with a protester, stating "This is great news! monkaThinking Corner Emote Frog. "[7], "Kek" originated as a variation of "lel", itself a variation of "lol",[49][50] and seems to come from the video game World of Warcraft,[51] or alternatively a Korean onomatopoeia for laughter written as "kekeke". And Furie says he can appreciate the dark with the light. [91][92], In August 2019, it was reported that various demonstrators at the 2019–20 Hong Kong protests were using Pepe as a "resistance symbol". [11] He posted his comic in a series of blog posts on Myspace in 2005. [62], Online message boards such as 4chan first noted a similarity between Kek and Pepe. [91] The Groyper meme is the namesake for Groypers, a loose group of white nationalist activists and followers of Nick Fuentes. The alt-right social media platform used by suspected Pittsburgh shooter Robert Bowers", "Anger over "sick" video game that allows you to play as Donald Trump gunning down migrants, feminists and Antifa", "Mosque Arson Suspect Left Social Media Hints of Anti-Muslim, Anti-Semitic Views", "Alt-right trolls Pennsylvania with billboard of Trump Pepe", "Wew, lad: Everyone hates this meme that simply refuses to die", "Bungie explains how Destiny 2 armor resembling hate symbol made it into the game", "Writings of French Hindu who worshipped Hitler as an avatar of Vishnu are inspiring the US alt-right", "In Charlottesville, GOP candidate for governor Corey Stewart allies with alt-right-inspired blogger who wants to protect 'glorious Western civilization, "Naked Nigel, the God Kek and modern politics", "Cucks & Kek: Racism's Old Guard Reaches Out To An Online Generation", "Meet the White Nationalist Trying To Ride The Trump Train to Lasting Power", "Trump Fans Unleash Last-Minute Flood of Pepe the Frog Memes", "Trump's Occult Online Supporters Believe 'Meme Magic' Got Him Elected", "4chan Isn't Sure Whether It's Excited the Times Wrote Up Its Anti-Semitism", "Trump Supporters Outraged By Slight To Pepe Meme", "CPAC's Flirtation With the Alt-Right Is Turning Awkward", "The alt-right is trying to co-opt that dumb purple bird on Facebook", "Kek, Cucks, and God Emperor Trump: A Measurement Study of 4chan's Politically Incorrect Forum and Its Effects on the Web", "How an ancient Egyptian god spurred the rise of Trump", "Trump Supporters And Neo-Nazis Are Using Secret Chatrooms To Harass Shia LaBeouf", "The Emerging Racists: The Challenge of Covering the Radical Right", "Steal This Show S02E02: 'The Platform Is You, "In Elaborate Joke, Internet Provocateurs Turn 'Trash Bird' Into Nazi Icon", "Les trolls de 4chan sont persuadés d'avoir fait élire Donald Trump", "What 'alt-right' really means: a glossary of terms", "More Swastikas Surface In Hell's Kitchen, Newtown Creek Nature Walk", "What the Kek: Explaining the Alt-Right 'Deity' Behind Their 'Meme Magic, "Hiding in plain sight: how the 'alt-right' is weaponizing irony to spread fascism", "Democracy in Crisis: Populism, Belonging, and Inside Jokes at Trump's Reality Show Rally", "The Battle for Berkeley: In the name of freedom of speech, the radical right is circling the Ivory Tower to ensure a voice for the alt-right", "Deconstructing the symbols and slogans spotted in Charlottesville", "Here's a guide to the white nationalist groups involved in the Charlottesville demonstration", "What is Kekistan? There are 107 pepe sad frog for sale on Etsy, and they cost €16.26 on average.

A new BBC4 documentary, Feels Good Man, aims to shed light on how a sweet little cartoon frog turned into one of the most disturbing symbols on the internet. [63][64][65][66] The phrase is widely used[53] and 4chan users see Kek as the "'god' of memes". [44] The book's author, a vice-principal with the Denton Independent School District, was reassigned after the publicity. In December 2010, Feelsbadman.com[10] was created, with nothing but a picture of the sad frog. The “sad frog” becomes a favored image among users of the anonymous message site 4chan, a culture, one commentator says, “of saying the most offensive thing.” And as Pepe grows more popular and mainstream, with his image used by celebrities like Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj, some users get angry and seek to reclaim the frog from so-called “normies” (normal people).

It is based on the meaning of the word Pepe: 'To go Pepe'. That was just my way of dealing with the attention and to try to downplay the negativity.”. [41], In June 2017, a proposed app and Flappy Bird clone called "Pepe Scream" was rejected from the Apple App Store due to its depiction of Pepe the Frog.

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