Pepe: Rare, Racist or Both?

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If you spend time either on the internet, or following political news. there’s a good chance you’ve heard of this guy. Pepe the Frog. Over time, he’s mutated and morphed, was ‘shopped and pasted into countless situations, and onto an endless parade of pre-existing characters. Around 4chan, reddit, and other spots, people cracked wise about the value of certain Pepes, based on their scarcity, originality or both. Jokes began to arise about the relative rareness of Pepes, and their collectability. Pepe’s biggest entré into the PUBLIC spotlight came late last year, in the midst of the American presidential campaign. There are a series of events which lead up to what we might call the defining moment in Pepe’s Metamorphosis, where he transforms from Simple Frog to Alleged Hate Symbol. That’s what we’re going to talk about today: How it is that Pepe’s meaning changed. How is it that a symbol which has no hateful meaning, takes on that hateful meaning. And how might that meaning be erased, reclaimed, or defied. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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--FURTHER READING & SOURCES--

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/26/how-pepe-the-frog-became-a-nazi-trump-supporter-and-alt-right-symbol.html

http://www.adl.org/combating-hate/hate-on-display/c/pepe-the-frog.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

http://www.adl.org/press-center/press-releases/extremism/adl-adds-pepe-the-frog-online-hate-symbols-database.html

http://dailycaller.com/2016/09/14/heres-how-two-twitter-pranksters-convinced-the-world-that-pepe-the-frog-meme-is-just-a-front-for-white-nationalism/

http://time.com/4530128/pepe-the-frog-creator-hate-symbol/

http://www.adl.org/combating-hate/hate-on-display/c/pepe-the-frog.html

http://www.adl.org/press-center/press-releases/extremism/adl-joins-with-pepe-the-frog-creator-social-media-campaign-save-pepe.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indo-Aryan_migration_theory

https://books.google.com/books?id=ExqIAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA113&lpg=PA113&dq=swastika+polysemy&source=bl&ots=paws57LFhV&sig=DAFmC6ZR3ERizRZauMPusEKa2-Y&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiYkZDb8-rRAhWijVQKHbYuBD8Q6AEIIDAB#v=onepage&q=swastika%20polysemy&f=false

https://books.google.com/books?id=-gV8DQAAQBAJ&pg=PT225&lpg=PT225&dq=swastika+polysemy&source=bl&ots=GrK6DhEG0h&sig=o5oMGjBDFjtD4eBB5laedY9Qwgo&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiYkZDb8-rRAhWijVQKHbYuBD8Q6AEIHDAA#v=onepage&q=swastika%20polysemy&f=false


--ASSET LINKS--
00:21 Hillary Clinton pepe explainer
https://www.hillaryclinton.com/feed/donald-trump-pepe-the-frog-and-white-supremacists-an-explainer/

1:00 Pepe as Bane
http://rarepepesdaily.tumblr.com/post/131975641478/hyper-rare-bane-pepe-appears-when-batman-needs-a

1:01 Pepe as Leia
https://imgur.com/jLEFrtE

1:54 Daily Beast Article
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/26/how-pepe-the-frog-became-a-nazi-trump-supporter-and-alt-right-symbol.html

3:01 Daily Caller Article
http://dailycaller.com/2016/09/14/heres-how-two-twitter-pranksters-convinced-the-world-that-pepe-the-frog-meme-is-just-a-front-for-white-nationalism/

3:41 Matt Furie Comic
https://thenib.com/pepe-the-frog-to-sleep-perchance-to-meme

3:53 Pepe The Frog: From Innocent Meme To Hate Symbol
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q6n1Yj3kRs#action=share

10:21 HD Lego Pepe
https://www.reddit.com/r/pepethefrog/comments/38vi7d/hd_lego_pepe/

10:21 Ascii Pepe
https://plus.google.com/+CybercitiBiz/posts/aZ4PtG1hkSw

10:22 3D Printed Pepe
https://www.shapeways.com/product/YDUU5JXVM/sad-frog-feels-bad-man?optionId=55548329&li=marketplace


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