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Is Pepe the Frog really a hate symbol?

The fictional character is no nazi—he's whoever you want him to be

By Antonia Cundy  

At the end of September, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) added Pepe the Frog to its list of hate symbols. The ADL opposes bigotry and the cartoon character has become increasingly associated with the alt-right—an American far-right group with a poisonous and chaotic agenda that promotes white supremacism, misogyny and anti-Semitism and is heavily associated with Donald Trump. Pepe was originally created in 2005 by the illustrator Matt Furie, in his online comic series Boy’s Club. Furie…

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