Does Pepe the Frog deserve to be designated a symbol of hate? | The Tylt
Does Pepe the Frog deserve to be designated a symbol of hate?
Pepe was created by cartoonist Matt Furie in 2005 for his comic "Boy's Club." When asked about Pepe being co-opted by racists, Furie claimed:
"It's just a phase, it's not the first time Pepe has been reclaimed for evil, and no one will care about it come November. I predict that his sly, lovable, and charming status will be intact as early as next week."
The swastika is another ancient symbol that was hijacked by a hate group, but if you post swastikas or tattoo them on your body, good luck arguing that you are just promoting a Sanskrit symbol for good fortune (although some are bent on trying). Hitler and the Nazis pretty much own the swastika now. Should we be saying the same of the American alt right and Pepe?