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Pepe the frog

Over the past decade memes have been growing in popularity, it’s a big part of the Internet and social media. Memes have gotten so big that pop artist like Katie Perry and Nicki Minaj have used them in their music videos. There are kids that aren’t even in middle school who know all about these memes and their inside jokes, so they’ve ended becoming a part of everyday life.

A couple of days ago a certain meme by the name of “PEPE the frog” was declared a symbol of hate by the anti-defamation league. Whenever I have ever seen PEPE it’s always been associated with sad but laughable events, nothing ever too serious. For instance someone thinks that they’re really hitting it off with someone but then their “crush” ends putting them into the “friendzone” or calling them “bro”. The meme has always been playful but unfortunately the wrong group of people took this and wrapped it for their needs. They manipulated the frog giving it a hitler mustache or a Ku Klux Klan hood.

I can see where people are getting offended by this but I don’t thing it should be such a huge problem or deal. I feel like there is so much more out there that the government or media could fixing or telling us about rather than this. There’s way more horrendous or hateful things out there. It’s just sad that this picture of a cartoon frog is getting more attention than real world problems that are affecting the masses.

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3 Comments

  1. acarranz wrote:

    Pepe did nothing wrong! in all seriousness, I feel as though classifying Pepe the frog as a hate symbol is miscommunication from the real world and internet culture. Memes in general are so universal, they can flipped and manipulated in what ever way the user wants to use it. It’s sad to see a cartoon image of a frog being misused and labeled as hate speech.

    Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 5:47 pm | Permalink
  2. ohulver wrote:

    I understand how you feel. Too many times does something that isn’t a big deal or isn’t important gets everyone in the world angry for no reason. Its also extremely unfortunate that there are more important things in the world that need help and to be fixed but we are covering things like a cartoon frog or some other small thing.

    Friday, September 30, 2016 at 5:02 am | Permalink
  3. sschafe2 wrote:

    I agree that this is a small problem and theres way more bad stuff going on in the world that needs more attention.

    Friday, September 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm | Permalink