RIP Pepe the Frog

Cape Breton Post - - World -

The car­toon­ist who cre­ated Pepe the Frog has killed off the char­ac­ter in a re­buke to far-right ex­trem­ists who trans­formed a benev­o­lent in­ter­net meme into a racist, anti-Semitic sym­bol.

A Pepe car­toon pub­lished Satur­day shows Matt Furie’s cre­ation in an open cas­ket. Furie has de­scribed Pepe as “chill frog-dude” who de­buted in a 2006 comic book and be­came a pop­u­lar on­line sub­ject for user-gen­er­ated mu­ta­tions. But in­ter­net trolls hi­jacked the char­ac­ter and be­gan flood­ing so­cial me­dia with hate­ful Pepe memes more than a year be­fore the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. Pepe memes pro­mot­ing Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign be­came so ubiq­ui­tous that Trump him­self tweeted an im­age blend­ing his like­ness with Pepe.

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