ADL Declares ‘Pepe The Frog’ Anti-Semetic

The Anti-Defamation League officially declared “Pepe the Frog” to be racist and anti-Semitic as it added the cartoon chatacter to its database of “hate symbols" on Tuesday.

The Anti-Defamation League officially declared “Pepe the Frog” to be racist and anti-Semitic as it added the cartoon character to its database of “hate symbols” on Tuesday.

The popular image, also known on the internet as the “sad frog,” has been used as a versatile base for memes, usually used to express emotions or experiences, since it first appeared in the online cartoon Boys Club in 2005.

However despite admitting that the in the vast majority of cases use of the frog was not racist or anti-Semitic, the A.D.L. has added the frog to its database of hate symbols, along with the Swastika and the Blood Drop Cross of the Ku Klux Klan.

BBC reports:

These anti-Semites have no shame,” ADL’s chief executive Jonathan A Greenblatt said. “They are abusing the image of a cartoon character, one that might at first seem appealing, to harass and spread hatred on social media.

‘You can’t stump the Trump’

The Alt-Right movement, a disparate group of right-wing social media users, has repeatedly shared Pepe re-workings on social media.

The movement has been described as an alternative to mainstream conservatism, but its proponents have repeatedly abused Jewish Americans and portrayed white people as oppressed.

The Alt-Right has claimed Mr Trump as its presidential candidate of choice. The mogul has not approved it, but did re-tweet a caricature depicting him as Pepe the Frog in October 2015, with the caption “You Can’t Stump the Trump“.

Trump Pepe The Frog

The frog made headlines in mid-September when Hillary Clinton said most of Mr Trump’s supporters belonged in a “basket of deplorables“.

The Republican’s son Donald Trump Jr shared an altered version of the movie poster for “The Expendables”, which showed Pepe with his father and other conservatives, labelled “The Deplorables.”

Deplorables trump

Hillary Clinton: “That cartoon frog is sinister”

Mrs Clinton’s team duly released a post titled “Donald Trump, Pepe the frog, and white supremacists: an explainer” claiming, “that cartoon frog is more sinister than you might realize“.

In May 2016, the Daily Beast quoted an anonymous white nationalist saying that a campaign was under way to “reclaim Pepe from the normies” – internet slang for mainstream users.

The ADL has clarified that most Pepe memes are not racist, and that innocent versions will not be subject to the hate symbol designation.

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  • totally_memorable

    IN THE NEWS…

    Needless to say, the meme magic has the Hillary campaign, or what is left of it, running scared.

    Hillary Clinton has officially declared war on Pepe the Frog, a popular Internet meme. The embattled candidate has dedicated an entire page on her campaign site about the cartoon frog she believes is “racist.”

    “That cartoon frog is more sinister than you might realize,” declared HillaryClinton.com. “Pepe is a cartoon frog who began his internet life as an innocent meme enjoyed by teenagers and pop stars alike. But in recent months, Pepe’s been almost entirely co-opted by the white supremacists who call themselves the ‘alt-right.’”

    Additionally, the Hillary campaign linked Alex Jones and Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos to Pepe the Frog, implying they are also “white supremacists. Yiannopoulos in particular is a predominant commentator on the alt-right who’s often mislabeled as its leader.
    _____

    AND THE PUBLIC REACTION – PRICELESS

    These are real quotes? What a terrible politician she is – this is the very definition of punching down, and it has the side benefit of making her sound a bit unhinged.

    You’re gonna tell me the supreme dark lord allies with elves and dwarves?

    Her campaign has devolved into a new version of the Satanic Panic of the 80’s. Next thing we’ll be told to do is burn our D&D books and refrain from playing heavy metal songs backwards.

    holy crap i love this election.

    If everyone of consequence had bugged out, fearing Hillary’s next tantrum or the pending FBI raid, and a 15 year old intern was left manning the campaign office, things would not be run any different.

    PEPE ROOLZ KLINTON DROOLZ!

    Wow.. and this is what passes as important political discourse these days. For a presidential contender no less.
    Oh what I would do to hear the commentary of either H.L Mencken or Hunter S. Thompson during a time like this.

    holy crap i love this election. I’ve taken off my tin foil and put away my books about magic bullets and reptoids because this is far, FAR more entertaining.

    This is like being in 1972 and getting a police pamphlet about the dangers of the “Keep On Truckin” guy.

    I’d love to see the look on her face when it sunk in. And the twitches and bobs. There really is no pleasing some people

    Next thing we’ll be told to do is burn our D&D books and refrain from playing heavy metal songs backwards.

    Uggg the lights in are brighthh.
    I can’ttt hfeeel leg
    s….calll h u ma

    Fast forward 15 years and the bogeymen of System media are no longer National Socialist former college profs but UFO hobbyists and cartoon frogs.

    Liberal media calls Trump insane while Hillary shrieks about a vast conspiracy led by a… cartoon frog.

    “Hillary Clinton has officially declared war on Pepe the Frog” …Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad.

    What would it matter in terms of this dumb cunt’s campaign fortunes if every white boy and girl under 30 were ready to commit seppuku for the glory of Pepe?

    Quick! Somebody roll her an orange asking to clarify Hillary’s stance on Harambe!

    Holy fuck, I thought this was a parody and went to Clinton’s page to confirm it was real. The wheels are flying off “I’m with Her” (on the sidewalk) campaign. Best. Election. Ever. I’m still laughing.