The site is popular with the alt-right. Pepe originated in a 2005 comic by Matt Furie called Boy's Club. He currently lives in San Francisco. , Kekistan is a fictional country created by 4chan members that has become a political meme and online movement. , 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.
 Kek references are closely associated with Trump and the alt-right. Matt Furie is a writer, known for Feels Good Man (2020), Problematic with Moshe Kasher (2017) and X-Play (1998). Matt Furie was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1979 and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware in 2001. ", "The rare Pepe trade is booming on Craigslist", "Best of 2015: 15 memes that won the internet", "Here are the 10 most important memes of 2015, according to Tumblr", "Trump's son, adviser share image featuring white nationalists' favorite cartoon frog", "Why Clinton's bad weekend won't rewrite the race", "Do alt-right's white identity politics sanction anti-Semitism?  As Pepe became more widespread, 4chan users began referring to particularly creative and unique variants of the meme as "rare Pepes". These images, sometimes as physical paintings, were sold on eBay and posted on Craigslist. Furie stated that he would continue to "enforce his copyrights aggressively to make sure nobody else is profiting off associating Pepe the Frog with hateful imagery.  The meme took off among 4chan users, who adapted Pepe's face and catchphrase to fit different scenarios and emotions, such as melancholy, anger, and surprise. The app's developer, under the name "MrSnrhms", posted a screenshot of his rejection letter on /r/The Donald. Different types of Pepe include "Sad Frog", "Smug Frog", "Angry Pepe", "Feels Frog", and "You will never..." Frog.  There is some disagreement around the specifics of Groyper: it is alternatively said to be a depiction of the Pepe character, a different character from Pepe but of the same species, or a toad. , During the 2016 United States presidential election, the meme was connected to Donald Trump's campaign. , In the comic, Pepe is seen urinating with his pants pulled down to his ankles and the catchphrase "feels good man" was his rationale. " Soon thereafter, Furie announced his intention to "resurrect" Pepe, launching a crowdfunding campaign for a new comic book featuring Pepe. Matt Furie was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1979 and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware in 2001. , A 2020 documentary, Feels Good Man, relates the story of Pepe's origins and co-option by the alt-right, and Furie's attempts to regain control over his creation. Most protestors were unaware that Pepe is used as a symbol of white nationalism in the United States. Matt Furie’s drawings come from a mix of child-like enchantment and momentary adult situations.  Since then, Pepe's creator has expressed his dismay at Pepe being used as a hate symbol and has sued organisations for doing so.
 In 2015, Pepe was #6 on Daily News and Analysis's list of the most important memes and the most retweeted meme on Twitter. , –Matt Furie, 2015 interview with The Daily Dot, Pepe the Frog was created by American artist and cartoonist Matt Furie in 2005.  The Internet meme has its origin on the internet message forum 4chan and other chans, and the board /pol/ in particular. Since 2014, "Rare Pepes" have been posted on th… I got some plans for Pepe that I can't really discuss, but he's going to rise from the ashes like a phoenix ... in a puff of marijuana smoke.  This flag was prominently displayed at the 2017 Berkeley protest for free speech in mid-April, and the Unite the Right rally in August 2017.
The suit was settled out of court in August 2017, with terms including the withdrawal of the book from publication and the profits being donated to the nonprofit Council on American-Islamic Relations. , Also during the election, various news organizations reported associations of the character with white nationalism and the alt-right.  White supremacist Richard B. Spencer, during a street interview after Trump's inauguration, was preparing to explain the meaning of a Pepe pin on his jacket when he was punched in the face, with the resulting video itself becoming the source of many memes. Nieuws & Achtergrond ‘Ik ben hier omdat ik om democratie geef’, klinkt het in de zaal bij Nigel Farage’s Brexitpartij. Pepe for the people!". , "Esoteric Kekism", also called "the Cult of Kek", is a parody religion worshipping Pepe the Frog, which sprang from the similarity of the slang term for laughter, "kek", and the name of the ancient Egyptian frog god of darkness, Kek. on 4chan, as if he had the ability to influence reality through Internet memes.  Kekistanis have also adopted Internet personality Gordon Hurd (in his "Big Man Tyrone" persona) as their president and the 1986 Italo disco record "Shadilay" (originally performed by a group named P.E.P.E., an apparent pun on the similarity between the band's name and Pepe the Frog's) as a national anthem. , In an interview with Esquire, Furie said of Pepe's usage as a hate symbol, "It sucks, but I can't control it more than anyone can control frogs on the Internet". 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?  The book's author, a vice-principal with the Denton Independent School District, was reassigned after the publicity.
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