Although Pepe the Frog started as a harmless cartoon and an emblem of slackerdom, the character has evolved into an icon for antisemitic and racist groups. There is no indication whatsoever that Pepe has autism.
12 Facts About Pepe the Frog
The character began only as a cartoon/ humanoid frog character back in 2005.
The green anthropomorphic froglike character originated from a comic series by Matt Furie, called Boy’s Club.
It became an Internet meme as it grew steadily in popularity across 4chan, Gaia Online, and Myspace in 2008.
It mushroomed as one of the wildly popular memes used on 4chan.
In early 2015, the cartoon image was adopted as a hate symbol by white supremacists.
Though the Anti-Defamation League added Pepe the Frog to their database of hate symbols, in 2016 they made the remark that not all Pepe memes are racist.
Pepe’s creator has expressed publicly genuine dismay at his green character turning into a symbol of hate.
The meme’s original usage has been evolving over the years, branching into several variants such as Feels Frog, Sad Frog, and Smug Frog.
Matt Furie has spent several years wrestling with how the Internet has transformed his stoner frog into a prominent symbol of hate.
The Boys Club cartoonist has launched campaigns in order to take back Pepe the Frog.
Matt took Infowars website to court to fight for intellectual property online. Matt’s lawyer Louis Tompros explained in a statement: “What we asked for at the beginning of the case is for Infowars to stop selling the poster and to turn over all of their profits.”
The two parties settled the suit, awarding Matt Furie $15,000.