Pepe the Frog’s Creator: He Was Never About Hate. 813 0 0 love and hate essay . 696 0 0 0 1. 415 0 0 0 1.
748 0 0 0 2. 624 0 0 0 1. Pepe the Frog’s Creator: I’m Reclaiming Him. 47 0 0 0 13 6. 5 0 1 0 6. Furie is an artist, illustrator and children’s book author. The Internet is a massive global consciousness with the ability to connect ideas and intellect like never before.
It’s also the go-to place for porno. Since the Internet has no centralized governing force, it’s a complex web of interconnectedness that is always changing—and impossible to control. Memes were originally seen as similar to genes. It happened everywhere, not just on the Internet. 2006, with the forthcoming series earning some good reviews in the comic book world.
I even got a couple offers from Hollywood to turn the book into a cartoon. I flaked out on them because I just wanted it to be from my pen to my paper and have total control. Internet message boards as a quick visual description of how they were feeling after an event. I just finished my exam!
That was the beginning of the meme, circa 2008. Before this election, Pepe the Frog spent years mutating online into the many-faced Mickey Mouse God of the Internet. The frog face has gone through thousands of user-made Internet incarnations, expressing rage, smugness, violence, happiness, coolness and, most notably, sadness. To zillions of people, mostly kids, teens and college-dwellers, it meant many things, but mostly it was a big joke. I have a stack of Pepe fan art sent to me by school children.
Moms write me to say how much their kid loves Pepe. I was excited by my plans for the future. I assumed was a nod to young voters. Or perhaps it was a more sinister nod to some fringe, racist groups that used Pepe as a mascot for their agenda. But I know this: It’s completely insane that Pepe has been labeled a symbol of hate, and that racists and anti-Semites are using a once peaceful frog-dude from my comic book as an icon of hate. It’s a nightmare, and the only thing I can do is see this as an opportunity to speak out against hate.
The problem with Pepe is that he’s been stamped a hate symbol by politicians, hate groups, institutions, the media and, because of them, your mom. Before he got wrapped up in politics, Pepe was an inside-joke and a symbol for feeling sad or feeling good and many things in between. TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices, providing commentary on events in news, society, and culture. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editors. TIME may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.
Offers may be subject to change without notice. Internet Explorer 9 or earlier. Go to the home page to see the latest top stories. I wonder what was going on in John William King’s head two years ago when he tied James Byrd Jr. King and two friends had picked up Byrd, who was black, when he was walking home, half-drunk, from a party. As part of a bonding ritual in their fledgling white supremacist group, the three men took Byrd to a remote part of town, beat him and chained his legs together before attaching them to the truck.
Pathologists at King’s trial testified that Byrd was probably alive and conscious until his body finally hit a culvert and split in two. When King was offered a chance to say something to Byrd’s family at the trial, he smirked and uttered an obscenity. We know all these details now, many months later. We know quite a large amount about what happened before and after. But I am still drawn, again and again, to the flash of ignition, the moment when fear and loathing became hate, the instant of transformation when King became hunter and Byrd became prey. And what was it when Buford Furrow Jr.