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By Dara Bahk
Pepe, a cartoon, anthropomorphic frog from the comic series “Boy’s Club” by Matt Furie, is a meme.
A meme, often humorous, is an image, video, phrase, etc. that circulates rapidly on the internet.
Last month, an article published on Hillary Clinton’s campaign website claimed that the meme was “a symbol of white supremacy” as Pepe has been often associated with Trump.
Furthermore, the Anti-Defamation League, an organization that fights against bigotry and defends democratic beliefs, added the frog to its hate symbol database. However, it recognized that the meme was rarely used in hate related cases.
Like a majority of memes, the faces of Pepe have been used as nothing more than somewhat innocent depictions of reactions to everything and anything over the internet, especially over social media. However, people have taken the image into their own hands and twisted the meme into something full of hate rather than comic fun.
The poor frog was never meant to promote discrimination and “white supremacy!”
Here are the five most common faces of Pepe to help spread awareness of his honorable and innocent nature.
1. Feels Good Pepe
This is the face (and famous catch phrase) that started it all. Furie drew and wrote this in as Pepe’s reply when he was asked why he pulled his pants all the way down while peeing. It was inspired by Furie’s cousin, back from when the both of them were in elementary school.
2. Feels Bad Pepe
The antithesis of feels good Pepe, feels bad Pepe denotes a combination of both dejection and disappointment.
3. Smug Pepe
Only Pepe could pull off looking so delightfully smug without an ounce of arrogance.
4. Angry Pepe
Pepe’s angry face was only meant to visually express one’s anger and/or frustration, not promote intolerance!
5. Crying Pepe
Here lies the most commonly used Pepe– the crying Pepe. The poor guy is probably sobbing his eyes out over here because he has been deemed a symbol equivalent to the Confederate flag and the swastika.
All Pepe ever really wanted to do was live his life as one of one of the internet’s favorite frogs (the other being dat boi) and meme extraordinaire. Was that so hard to ask for?
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