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Pepe the Frog Creator Calls Hate Symbol Designation ‘Absurd’

Think of “hate symbols” and a few icons come to mind: swastikas, burning crosses and certain numbers, slogans and hand signs used by white supremacist or other hate groups. On Monday, a popular internet meme, Pepe the Frog, was added to that list by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which included him in its Hate Symbol Database. Created by artist Matt Furie in 2005 as a character in his Boy’s Club online comic, Pepe—originally a chilled out, weed-smoking frog who frequently uses the catchphrase, “feels good man”—was later embraced by the 4chan message board before reaching the wider internet, and then, more recently, by the largely white nationalist “alt-right” movement.
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