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Anti-Defamation League declares ’Pepe the Frog’ a hate symbol

The Anti-Defamation League on Wednesday named the popular “Pepe the Frog” internet meme a hate symbol. The meme, which originated from a 2005 cartoon, has been hijacked by the alt-right movement in the past several months. Members of the movement have used the meme to convey often racist and anti-Semitic messages. “The majority of uses of Pepe the Frog have been, and continue to be, non-bigoted,” the ADL stated in its database of hate symbols.
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