Does Pepe the Frog deserve to be designated a symbol of hate? | The Tylt

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Pepe the Frog just joined the ranks of infamous symbols like the swastika, the (((echo))) symbol, and the Confederate battle flag: the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) added the popular meme to its official database of hate symbols. In a press release regarding the designation, the ADL acknowledges Pepe's origins were harmless, but that the symbol has been co-opted by white nationalists, anti-Semites, and the alt right. Do you agree with their decision? Scroll down to VOTE!

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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." 
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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?

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When Neo-Nazis adore something and post it everywhere as their calling card, it might be better to just put that thing down and walk away. Even if it is your favorite cartoon frog.

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Some think the official designation is an overreaction.

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Can the swastika mean anything you want it to mean?

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Culture
Does Pepe the Frog deserve to be designated a symbol of hate?
#PepeEqualsHate
A festive crown for the winner
#LeavePepeBe