My favorite Francis Bacon painting, Study after Velázquez's Portrait of Pepe The Frog, has taken on new meaning what with all the memes lately.
When asked why he was compelled to revisit the subject so often, Bacon replied that he had nothing against Pepe, that he merely sought "an excuse to use these colours, and you can't give ordinary skin that green colour without getting into a sort of false fauve manner".
Pepe the Frog, the cartoon used as both an innocuous online punchline and an anti-Semitic meme, is now a hate symbol.
Pepe the Frog started off as a fun, light-hearted reaction image. Today it’s recognized as a hate symbol comparable to the swastika. What happened? After its inception on 4chan around 2008, Pepe had grown to be one of the most recog...
As far as hate symbols go, this one may be the least alarming. After all, it’s just a cartoon frog. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Tuesday declared the popular internet meme Pepe the Frog, a cartoon frog derived from an early 2...
The Anti-Defamation League has just added the "Pepe the Frog" meme into their database of hate symbols, because racists manage to ruin everything.