Pepe the Frog

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Pepe the Frog is an anthropomorphic frog character from the comic series Boy’s Club by Matt Furie. On 4chan, various illustrations of the frog creature have been used as reaction faces, including Feels Good Man, Sad Frog, Angry Pepe, Smug Frog and Well Meme'd.


In 2005, artist Matt Furie created the comic series Boy's Club, which stars the teenage monster characters Pepe, Brett, Andy and Landwolf.[2]

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In early 2008, comic in which Pepe pulls his pants down to his ankles in order to urinate is rumored to have been popularized on 4chan's /b/, (random) board, along with the expression "Feels good man."

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Throughout 2008, Pepe was mostly associated with the "Feels Good Man" reaction image. On February 4th, Something Awful[91] contributor Jon Hendren (a.k.a. @fart) posted the "Feels Good Man" comic to the site. In 2009, an edited version featuring a distraught-looking Pepe with the caption "Feels bad man" began circulating as a reaction image on 4chan and the Body Building Forums. On January 25th, 2011, an interview with Furie was published on Know Your Meme, in which he discussed the origins of Pepe the Frog. On June 13th, 2014, the PepeTheFrogBlog Tumblr[11] blog was launched. On July 23rd, the Pepe the Frog Instagram[14] feed was created. On October 25th, the /r/pepethefrog[13] subreddit was launched for content featuring the frog character. On December 7th, a Facebook[10] page for "Pepe the Frog" was created. On December 18th, the PepeTheFrogNet Tumblr[12] blog was launched.

Notable Usage

Katy Perry's Tweet

On November 8th, 2014, Katy Perry tweeted a picture of Pepe crying with the caption "Australian jet lag got me like" (shown below).[46] Over the next three years, the tweet received more than 17,000 likes and 10,500 retweets.

KATY PERRY @katyperry Follow Australian jet lag got me like elf RETWEETS LIKES 10,590 17,208 o3BBb 4:12 AM 8 Nov 2014 1.6K 11K 17K

Nicki Minaj's Instagram Post

On December 18th, 2014, rapper Nicki Minaj posted an illustration of Pepe bent over and prominently displaying his buttocks with the caption "Me on Instagram for the next few weeks trying to get my followers back up" (shown below).[47] Over the next two years, the post received more than 281,000 likes and 13,900 comments.

Me on Instagram for the next few weeks trying to get my followers back up.

Donald Trump's Tweet

On October 13th, 2015, Donald Trump tweeted an illustration of Pepe as himself standing at a podium with the President of the United States Seal (shown below).[45] Within 16 months, the post gathered upwards of 11,000 likes and 8,100 retweets.

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump Follow "@codyave:@drudgereport @BreitbartNews @Writeintrump "You Can't Stump the Trump" /watch?V MKH6PA RETWEETS FAVORITES 110 1:53 AM- 13 Oct 2015

Wendy's Tweet

On January 2nd, 2017, the Twitter account for the fast food chain restaurant Wendy’s responded to a user who asked “Got any memes?” with a picture of Pepe the Frog drawn in the likeness of the Wendy’s mascot. The tweet, shown below, drew criticism and was deleted, causing the account to tweet, “Our community manager was unaware of the recent evolution of the Pepe meme’s meaning and this tweet was promptly deleted.”

Respek @MrRespek 7m @Wendys Got any memes? わ! 13 3 Wendy's @Wendys @MrRespek

Russian Embassy UK's Tweet

On January 9th, 2016, the Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom tweeted a picture of Smug Pepe in a tweet reaction to news about an upcoming meeting between British Prime Minister Theresa May and United States President-elect Donald Trump (shown below).[48] Over the next 24 hours, the tweet gained over 9,000 likes and 6,200 retweets.

Russian Embassy, UK -Follow 3 @RussianEmbassy In today's papers: pundits call on @Theresa_May to disrupt possible Russia-US call O Russia-Us thaw. No trust in Britain's best friend and ally? 85 65 :48 AM-9 Jan 2017

In the coming days, the news sites The Daily Dot,[49] Vox[50] and IBI Times[51] published articles about the tweet, referring to the Smug Pepe illustration as a "racist meme" and "white supremacist symbol."

Various Examples

Sad Frog

Sad Frog is an illustration of a depressed-looking Pepe, often accompanied by the text “Feels Bad Man." It is used to denote feelings of failure or disappointment, either by posting the image or using the phrase “feelsbadman.jpg.”

Feels bad, man

Smug Frog

Smug Frog, also known as Smug Pepe, is a reaction image of a smug-looking version of Pepe (shown below).

Angry Pepe

Angry Pepe, also known as Angry Frog, is a reaction image featuring a hostile-looking variation of Pepe. The image is often accompanied by expressions of rage and intense frustration.

Poo Poo Pee Pee

Poo Poo Pee Pee is the name given to a series of images and comics that feature Smug Pepe committing various unethical acts, typically involving urine or feces. Most commonly found in 4chan's /r9k/ (robot9000) board, the comics were created as a reaction towards the usage of Pepe's likeness in various mainstream social media sites. The first instance of the comics can be found on a /r9k/[7] thread posted on November 16th, 2014, featuring an image of an obese Smug Pepe with the message "Poo poo. Pee pee. Now mommy has to change me." On November 28th, another comic was posted to r9k[8] in which Pepe excretes over character Wojak. [8] On December 24th, the Poo-Poo-Pee-Pee-Frog Tumblr[9] blog was created.

Nu Pepe

Nu Pepe is an alternate depiction of Pepe in which the frog is drawn with crossed arms and wearing a blue long sleeve shirt. On December 9th, 2014, an image of Pepe resembling the character Javert from Les Misérables was highlighted on the Finnish imageboard Ylilauta[6] (shown below, left). On January 24th, 2015, an edited version in which Pepe is wearing a Bane mask was posted on the Russian imageboard Два.ч[5] (shown bellow, middle). On March 1st, an unedited version of the image was posted on 4chan's /qa/ (question and answer) board,[4] referring to the reaction image as "nu pepe" and nominating it as "the official meme of /qa/" (shown bellow, right).[4] The next day, the image was stickied on the [s4s] (shit 4chan says) board.[3]

"Well Meme'd"

“Well Meme’d” is an ironic expression typically accompanied an exploitable image of a character laughing and saying “Hahaha, great post!” followed by “Well meme’d, my friend!," based on an original comic featuring Pepe wearing a sweater and tie (shown below).


Rare Pepe

Starting in October 2014, /r9k/ users began submitted posts to share "rare" images of Pepe as if they were trading cards.[17] On March 28th, 2015, a thread was submitted to /r9k/[16] about collecting Rare Pepes in order to "flood the market" and depreciate their value.[16] On March 31st, a /r9k/[18] user posted an imgur gallery[15] with over 1,200 pictures of Pepe. In the first week, the gallery received more than 260,000 views. In early April, the collection of Pepe image were listed on eBay, which reached a price of $99,166 before being removed from the site.

8d 20h let 4/11, 4PM $99,166.00 126 bids Free shipping Newly Listed Over 1200 rare Pepes From Canada

On April 3rd, the Internet humor site Smosh[19] published an article about the rare Pepe images, which subsequently began to appear on other sites like Reddit[20] and Tumblr.[21] By April 9th, there were over 230 "rare Pepe" listings on eBay.[22]

238 results for rare pepeFollow this search Shipping to Did you mean rare pope? 791 items) Mega Rare Pepe Collection 1 NEVER se. $0.01 0 bids $1,000.00 Buy It Now Rare Pepe Limited Edition 1972 Meme Rare Pepe Limited Edition Booster Pack $0.99 0 bids 130 Rare Pepe Meme Collection (Contai... $0.99 1 bid $0.99 2 bids RAREST PEPE ebe WATERMAR RARE watermark EPE VERY Rare Pepe NEVER Before Seen! *Really Rare Pepe one of the three copiesOne RARE Hyper-Realistic Pepe Frog $0.99 1 bid Ultra Rare HD Pepe Bundle Pack $0.99 0 bids $0.99 0 bids $0.99 0 bids $6.00 Buy It Now

Peep the Toad

On July 30th, 2016, Tumblr[62] user po--starwars submitted an illustration of an anthropomorphic toad with the caption "when u cant afford quality name brand memes so u have to settle for / peep the toad" (shown below). Over the next eight months, the post gained over 134,000 notes.

when u cant afford quality name brand memes so u have to settle for peep the toad

On September 29th, Redditor GT_memes reposted the illustration to /r/dankmemes,[64] where it accumulated more than 6,500 votes (91% upvoted) within five months. On October 14th, Redditor c_dunbar submitted a screenshot of p--nstarwars' post to /r/me_irl,[63] where it garnered upwards of 5,700 votes (94% upvoted) within four months. On October 23rd, 2016, the Peep the Toad Facebook[67] page was launched, which highlights various examples of the toad character (shown below).

The pupil of your eye can expand over 45% when you see something you love. My new deputy

On February 24th, 2017, Redditor ReallyNotARabbit submitted a post proclaiming that "Peep the Toad memes" were "on the rise" to /r/memeeconomy.[65] On March 8th, Redditor MarioMann211 reposted the image to /r/memeeconomy,[66] asking for an "estimate" on its value.


Alt-Right Association

On July 22nd, 2015, Malaysian artist Maldraw posted an image on 4chan's /pol/ board of Smug Pepe as Donald Trump overlooking a fence at the U.S.-Mexican border holding back sad Mexicans drawn as the Feels Guy. As the association of Trump and Pepe continued to gain popularity on 4chan and Reddit, on October 13th, Donald Trump retweeted an illustration of Trump Pepe.

View Same Google iqdb SauceNAO Anonymous ID:F13swinTwed 22 Jul 2015 08:22:38 No.48392652 Quoted By >>48392968 >>48408534 trumpepejpg, 701KiB, 1832x1754 US BORDE Report IM JUST GONNA TAKE MUH TIME HERE DONT MIND ME IM JUST A BUMP MACHINE Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump Follow "@codyave:@drudgereport @BreitbartNews @Writeintrump "You Can't Stump the Trump" /watch?V MKH6PA RETWEETS FAVORITES 110 1:53 AM- 13 Oct 2015

On May 26th, 2016, The Daily Beast[31] published an article titled “How Pepe the Frog Became a Nazi Trump Supporter and Alt-Right Symbol.“ The article included an interview with Twitter user @JaredTSwift,[38] identified as an "anonymous white nationalist," who claimed there was a "campaign to reclaim Pepe from normies" by creating anti-Semitic illustrations of the frog character.

On September 9th, 2016, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that half Donald Trump's supporters were in a "basket of deplorables" during a speech held at a private fundraiser. On September 10th, Donald Trump Jr. posted a photoshopped movie poster on Instagram[23] of the 2010 action film The Expendables, which features various prominent conservatives and Pepe the Frog with the title "The Deplorables" (shown below).

The following day, NBC News[24] published an article about the photoshop, which referred to Pepe the Frog as a "popular white nationalist symbol" based on a statement made by Southern Poverty Law Center's Heidi Beirich. That day, several news sites published articles referring to Pepe as a "white supremacist meme" and "white national symbol," including The Hill,[25] Vanity Fair,[26] Talking Points Memo[27] and CNN (shown below). On September 12th, a post mocking the NBC article reached the front page of /r/KotakuInAction.[28]

The same day, the official Hillary Clinton presidential campaign blog[30] published a post titled "Donald Trump, Pepe the frog, and white supremacists: an explainer," which labeled Pepe the Frog as "sinister" and a "symbol associated with white supremacy." Over the next 24 hours, posts about the Clinton campaign's reaction reached the front page of various subreddits, including /r/cringe,[37] /r/politics,[32][33] /r/OutOfTheLoop,[34] /r/4chan[35] and /r/The_Donald.[36] In the comments sections, many Redditors mocked the Clinton campaign and the mainstream media for failing to understand the Pepe meme. Meanwhile, The Daily Dot[29] published an article titled "Pepe the Frog is not a Nazi, no matter what the alt-right says," stating that "Pepe lacks political affiliation."

Donald Trump, Pepe the frog, and white supremacists: an explainer That cartoon frog is more sinister than you might realize. September 12, 2016 by Ellzabeth Chan f Share Tweet Email

Artist's Response

On September 29th, 2016, Matt Furie expressed his disappointment with the alt-right's use of the meme, along with the Anti-Defamation League's citation, in an interview with CBC Radio[40], during which he said that he was the character's creator but did not specify that he had no part in making "this weird racist version of it."

On October 7th, 2016, Fantagraphics, the publisher of Matt Furie's comic book collection Boy's Club, issued a statement[39] on behalf of Matt Furie in which they refuted Pepe's association with the alt-right, while criticizing Donald Trump and his alt-right supporters for "myriad copyright violations" of the artist's character.

Fantagraphics Books wants to state for the record that the one, true Pepe the frog, as created by the human being and artist Matt Furie, is a peaceful cartoon amphibian who represents love, acceptance, and fun. (And getting stoned.) Both creator and creation reject the nihilism fueling Pepe’s alt-right appropriators, and all of us at Fantagraphics encourage you to help us reclaim Pepe as a symbol of positivity and togetherness.[39]

On October 14th, the Anti-Defamation League[42] announced that it would join forces with Matt Furie on the #SavePepe hashtag campaign in an effort to reclaim Pepe the Frog from racists by creating and sharing positive images of the frog.

nice man

On October 17th, The Nib[44], the political cartoon site that previously commissioned K.C. Green's response to the Republican National Committee's use of his "This Is Fine" webcomic, released an original drawing by Matt Furie that shows Pepe the Frog melting into a likeness of Donald Trump.

Pepe the Frog: To Sleep, Perchance to Meme The creator of Pepe draws his alt-right election nightmare by Matt Furie 0 thutpp thum thump thum ba - bum- ba-bum- ba-bum-ba-bum-ba - bum-ba-bum-ba-bum-ba

That same day, TIME Magazine[41] published an op-ed article by Furie in which he further rebuked the alt-right's use of his art.

“As the creator of Pepe, I condemn the illegal and repulsive appropriations of the character by racist and fringe groups. The true nature of Pepe, as featured in my comic book, ‘Boys Club,’ celebrates peace, togetherness and fun. I aim to reclaim the rascally frog from the forces of hate and ask that you join me in making millions of new, joyful Pepe memes that share the light hearted spirit of the original chilled-out champion.”

Lawsuit Against Jessica Logsdon

In September 2017, Furie's law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr sent artist Jessica Logsdon a cease and desist order against selling Pepe the Frog paintings on eBay (shown below). Logsdon refused to comply, claiming she was within her rights to sell the paintings.

Oil Paintings - Gangster Pepe $0.99 0 bids +$37.00 shipping 6d 19h left (Thursday, 11AM) NEW LISTING Oil Painting Circus Pepe $0.99 0 bids +$37.00 shipping 9d 17h left (10/15, 9AM) NEW LISTING Oil Painting - We The Kekistani $0.99 0 bids +$37.00 shipping 9d 17h left (10/15, 9AM)

On September 17th, a poster claiming to be Logsdon submitted a thread titled "Matt Furie is Suing Me for Painting Pepe" to the /pol/ board on 4chan.[86] In the post, Logsdon revealed, "I am planning on fighting this on many fronts, but most important among them is that I am exercising my religious freedom as a "Kekistani". On September 18th, Logsdon tweeted a picture of the notice to journalist Matthew Gault, adding "I am a painter, not the least alt-right" (shown below).

Jessica Logsdon @USARTStar @mjgault I am a painter, not the least alt- right. Now this? WILMERHALE September 15, 2017 Louis W. Tompros 1617 526 6886 (t) 1 617 526 5000 (f) By Email and Federal Express Jessica Logsdon 1009 Chestnut Avenue Kansas City, MO 64127 (816) 237-8484 Re: Misappropriation of Pepe the Frog Dear Ms. Logsdon: My colleagues and I represent Matt Furie, the creator of Pepe the Frog (Pepe" or the "Work") Mr. Furie is the sole and exclusive owner of all intellectual property rights-including copyright-in the Pepe the Frog character, image, and name. Mr. Furie therefore has the exclusive rights, among others, to make copies of the original Work, prepare derivative works of the original Work, and/or distribute copies of the Work by sale, rental, lease, and/or lending We understand that you have used Pepe the Frog in connection with your promotion of alt-right messages across various forms of media. For example, you display and offer for sale on your website oil paintings featuring images of Pepe the Frog, including one expressly entitled "Alt-Right" and another featuring an image of Pepe the Frog pointing a machine gun over a wall labeled "U.S. Borde According to your Twitter feed, @USARTStar, you have also sold oil paintings featuring Pepe the Frog (for example, on a tweet posted August 25, 2017, in which you claim to have sold two oil paintings featuring Pepe, one of which shows Pepe masked and with a machine gun in front of what appears to be the White House). Your Twitter feed also advertises various oil paintings featuring Pepe available for sale on eBay Your use of Pepe the Frog in connection with your promotion of violence and hate is unauthorized and unacceptable. Pepe is a peaceful frog who represents togetherness and fun- not hate. Matt Furie created Pepe the Frog. Your appropriation of Pepe the Frog without Mr. Furie's permission constitutes copyright infringement in violation of the Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. S 101 et seq. We request that you immediately stop using or distributing any images of Pepe the Frog, including those identified in this letter. Secificallv. effective immediatelv. cease and desist

On October 3rd, Furie's lawyers sued Logsdon in US District Court for the Western District of Missouri. On October 5th, the 118-page document[84] was posted by Motherboard[85] in an article titled "This Is the First Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Filed Against a Pepe Meme Maker.".

French National Front Association

On November 10th, 2016, shortly after the election of Donald Trump in the United States, Redditor Chepamec started a thread titled "Welcome Veterans, Let's Start the Fire" on /r/Le_Pen, a subreddit for supporters of the French nationalist political party National Front (FN) and the 2017 presidential candidacy of its leader Marine Le Pen. Accompanied by a photoshopped WWI photograph featuring a French soldier with a Hapistes face alongside a Pepe-faced American soldier (shown below), Chepamec also offered a list of ideas for a social media campaign in support of FN, which included "Make photoshops with smug Marine, Marion or Philippot faces." That same day, Redditor Globalism_sux submitted the earliest known illustration of Pepe Le Pen, drawn in the style of Trump Pepe, garnering more than 240 points prior to its archival (shown below).

WELCOME VETERANS The Great Meme War, Part 2: The Battle of France

On January 27th, 2017, Imagebooru users launched a forum titled Pepe de France as a hub for memes and satirical commentaries in support of the French nationalist leader, leading to a slew of Pepe-themed images in the likeness of Marine Le Pen (shown below).


On February 5th, Marine Le Pen officially announced her presidential campaign in the 2017 election, which was met with polarizing reaction from the French news media and on the social media, while many political experts predicted that she would emerge as a frontrunner based on her polling figures. In the following days, BuzzFeed, Politico and many other news outlets reported on the launch of an international social media campaign centered around memes in support of the National Front.

Zara Skirt Controversy

In April 2017, the Spanish clothing and accessories retailer Zara began selling a denim skirt with several frog patches on it. However, after many people claimed that the patch resembled Pepe the Frog, the retailer pulled the skirt from their website.

| meagan Follow @meaganrosae Zara is really out there trying to sell a P pe the frog skirt, apparently unaware (?) of its current implications 9:47 PM -17 Apr 2017 わロ103 360

Several media outlets covered controversy and outrage regarding the skirt, including Teen Vogue,[68] Paper,[69] Glamour,[70] and New York Magazine.[71] Twitter published moment to document the response.[72] In previous years, Zara sold other controversial apparel, including a stripped shirt with a yellow star on it that many believed resembled what Nazis forced Jewish citizens to wear during the Holocaust. Meanwhile, other Twitter users began speculating that the frog was actually a depiction of the character Old Man Jenkins from Spongebob Squarepants (shown below).

On April 19th, The Guardian[73] published a statement from a Zara spokesperson, who revealed that there was "absolutely no link" between the artwork and Pepe the Frog and that the artist Mario de Santiago (a.k.a. Yimeisgreat) took the design from a "wall painting" he drew with friends years before.

Funeral Comic

On May 6th, 2017, comic book publisher by Fantagraphics released an issue of Worlds Greatest Cartoonists featuring a comic by Matt Furie in which Pepe is shown laying in a casket at his funeral. That day, several news sites reported that Furie had "killed" the character by publishing the comic, including CBR,[74] Mary Sue[75] and Mashable.[76]

Bluetooth AirDrop Incident

On June 14th, 2017, Twitter user @RBraceySherman[77] posted several tweets claiming that a "white supremacist" named Jacob sent her an AirDrop request over Bluetooth at the airport, which contained an image attachment featuring the Smug Frog depiction of Pepe (shown below).

Renee Bracey Sherman Φ@RBraceySherman. 23h I have my bluetooth on because I'm using my headphones, and White supremacist Jacob takes the opportunity to try to send me Pepe b-------. AirDrop Photo from "Jacob's MacBook Pro" Decline Accept 293 947 2.1K Renee Bracey Sherman Φ@RBraceySherman. 23h This s--- isn't about a difference of politics. It's about threats. It's about harassment. It's about making people of color feel unsafe. Renee Bracey Sherman @RBraceySherman 23h I'm minding my own business, with my headphones on, and white supremacist Jacob just can't leave me the f--- alone. This is terrorism. 4,151 t 367 2.2K

Shortly after, Sherman posted a tweet[78] announcing she had discovered Jacob and posted several pictures of the alleged perpetrator (shown below). Additionally, she addressed those who know or work with Jacob, saying they should know he is a "white supremacist & digital terrorizer."

Renee Bracey Sherman @RBraceySherman This is Jacob. He sends people Pepe memes as threats via AirDrop in the airport. Then when approached about it, doesn't have s--- to say 27 Renee Bracey Sherman @RBraceySherman He smiled when I approached asking if he was Jacob who sent the meme. At first he said he sent it to a bunch of people just for fun Renee Bracey Sherman @RBraceySherman When asked why he sent it, he said he didn't know. And he doesn't know what the Pepe meme means. He can't figure out why I was mad. ONT IFtr

Many responded to Sherman's thread by praising her for confronting the man, while others accused her of overreacting to an innocuous prank. The following day, The Daily Dot[79] published an article titled "Writer says she received racist, unsolicited Pepe meme via Bluetooth" and HeatStreet[80] published an article titled "Feminist Stalks Random People at Airport Bar to Find Person Who Sent Her ‘Pepe the Frog’ Image".

"Save Pepe" Kickstarter

On June 26th, 2017, Matt Furie launched the "Save Pepe" crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter,[81] which aims to "resurrect" the character in a new comic book "as a universal symbol for peace, love, and acceptance." Within two weeks, the project received upwards of $20,000 of its $10,000 goal.

On June 28th, Vox[83] published an article titled "Pepe the Frog's creator can't save him from the alt-right, but he keeps trying anyway." On July 2nd, YouTuber MundaneMatt uploaded a video about the crowdfunding campaign titled "Matt Furie wants to save Pepe the Frog from the Alt-Right," which criticized the campaign as a money-making scheme (shown below). The following day, a post about the Kickstarter reached the front page of /r/KotakuInAction.[82]

Infowars Lawsuit

On May 13th, 2017, Infowars founder Alex Jones tweeted a picture of a poster sold on the Infowars website, featuring depictions of himself, Pepe the Frog, Donald Trump, Roger Stone, Paul Joseph Watson, Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter and Diamond and Silk (shown below).[87]

Alex Jones @RealAlexlones Help support Infowars in the fight for free speech & get this limited edition #MAGA poster for just $17.76! -->

On March 5th, 2018, Matt Furie filed a copyright lawsuit against Infowars for using Pepe the Frog without his permission, asking for an injunction against the media company.[88] In the lawsuit document, Furie's representation referenced the use of Pepe by "fringe groups" and mentions the #SavePepe campaign. The following day, an article about the lawsuit was published by the entertainment news site The Hollywood Reporter.[89]

"But beginning in 2015, various fringe groups connected with the alt-right attempted to co-opt Pepe by mixing images of Pepe with images of hate, including white supremacist language and symbols, Nazi symbols, and other offensive imagery. Furie has worked hard to counteract that negative image of Pepe, including collaborating with the Anti-Defamation League on the #SavePepe campaign to restore Pepe as a character representing peace, togetherness, and fun."


On June 10th, 2019, Infowars[93] published an article announcing that they had reached a settlement with Furie over the Pepe poster and would be paying $15,000 to Furie, referring to the payment as a "licensing fee." That day, The Verge[94] published an article about the settlement, stating that Furie's lawyers claimed he would pay $1,000 of the settlement to the amphibian conservation group Save the Frogs! and that Infowars had agreed to destroy all their Pepe posters and would refrain from using the character again. That day, Redditor mvea submitted a Vice article about the story to /r/technology,[95] where it gathered upwards of 15,800 points (93% upvoted) and 1,000 comments within 24 hours.

Overwatch League Ban

On January 10th, 2018, the video game news site Kotaku[90] reported that two audience members at an Overwatch League esports event were approached by security who confiscated their sign featuring a Pepe the Frog illustration.

On March 18th, Overwatch competitor Jay Won from the team San Francisco Shock removed a Pepe tweet and subsequently posted a followup claiming that he "had to delete" the tweet (shown below).[92]

Jay Won @sinatra.a IOI had to delete last tweet but thanks for the birthday wishes guys

On March 20th, the esports news blog Dot Esports[91] published a statement from an Overwatch League spokesperson who confirmed that the Blizzard Entertainment was discouraging use of the meme at Overwatch competitions:

"The Overwatch League discourages the use of symbols and imagery which are associated with or used by hate groups, including Pepe the Frog. At Blizzard Arena, it's our policy that fans comply with this policy. We likewise ask the same of Overwatch League teams and players on their social-media accounts."

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[4] 4chan – I nominate nu pepe as the official meme of /qa/

[5] Два.ч – PlayStation 4

[6] Ylautia – Millaisia vaatteita ihannenaisesi käyttää

[7] – Poo poo Pee pee Now Mommy has to come and change me.

[8] – The chocolate devil strikes again!

[9] Tumblr – poo poo pee pee

[10] Facebook – Pepe the frog

[11] Tumblr – Pepe the Frog Blog

[12] Tumblr – Pepe the Frog Net

[13] Reddit – /r/pepethefrog

[14] Instgram – pepethefrog

[15] Imgur – Pepe

[16] – Who /pepethief/ here?

[17] – Search for rare pepe on /r9k/

[18] – That Pepe you were saving for a special occasion. Post it in this thread.

[19] SMOSH – The 22 Strangest Pepe The Sad Frog Memes

[20] reddit – Search for rare pepe

[21] Tumblr – Search for rare pepe

[22] eBay – rare pepe

[23] Instagram – donaldjtrump

[24] NBC News – Trump Adviser Son Post Image

[25] The Hill – Trump Jr. and top supporter share White nationalist image on social media

[26] Vanity Fair – Donald Trump Jr Shares White Supremacist Meme

[27] Talking Points Memo – Trump Ally Son Share Meme Featuring Symbol Of White Nationalist Alt-Right

[28] Reddit – NBC News calls Pepe the Frog a white nationalist symbol

[29] The Daily Dot – Pepe the Frog is not a Nazi

[30] Hillary Clinton – Donald Trump Pepe the frog and white supremacists

[31] The Daily Beast – How Pepe the Frog Became a Nazi Trump Supporter and Alt-Right Symbol

[32] Reddit – /r/politics

[33] Reddit – /r/politics

[34] Reddit – /r/OutOfTheLoop

[35] Reddit – /r/4chan

[36] Reddit – /r/The_Donald

[37] Reddit – /r/cringe

[38] Twitter – @JaredTSwift

[39] Fantagraphics – The Truth About Pepe the Frog

[40] CBC Radio – Pepe the Frog is not a hate symbol, says creator Matt FuriePepe the Frog is not a hate symbol, says creator Matt Furie

[41] Time – Pepe the Frog’s Creator: I’m Reclaiming Him. He Was Never About Hate

[42] ADL – ADL Joins With “Pepe” Creator Matt Furie in Social Media Campaign to #SavePepe

[43] Independent – Pepe the Frog creator launches campaign to free meme from Donald Trump supporters

[44] The Nib – Pepe the Frog: To Sleep, Perchance to Meme

[45] Twitter – @realDonaldTrump

[46] Twitter – @KatyPerry

[47] Instagram – nickiminaj

[48] Twitter – @RussianEmbassy

[49] The Daily Dot – Russia tweets racist meme in reaction to Trump meeting

[50] Vox – Russia tweets racist meme in reaction to Trump meeting

[51] IBI Times – Russian Embassy Posts Pepe the Frog

[52] Reddit – I understand you require memes. I bring you Pepe Le Pen. Rare, from across the pond

[53] Mashable – Trump subreddit is ready to wage 'meme war' in Europe

[54] Forward – Introducing Pepe Le Pen, the Face of the French ‘Alt-Right’

[55] Reddit – Introducing Pepe Le Pen, the Face of French Nationalism

[56] The Verge – France’s alt-right has turned Pepe the frog into Pepe Le Pen

[57] Medium – Pepe Le Pen

[58] Reddit – Welcome, Veterans! Let's start the fire

[59] BuzzFeed – Trump Supporters Online Are Pretending To Be French To Manipulate France’s Election

[60] Booru – Pepe De France

[61] Newstatesman – Pepe Le Pen: Can the alt-right really "meme" Marine Le Pen to victory?

[62] Tumblr – p--nstarwars

[63] Reddit – me irl

[64] Reddit – When the pepe is banned so you have to settle for peep the toad

[65] Reddit – Peep the toad memes on the rise!

[66] Reddit – Can I get an estimate on this peep

[67] Facebook – Peep the Toad

[68] Teen Vogue – Zara's Pepe the Frog Skirt Is Getting Dragged by the Internet

[69] Paper – Wait, Did Zara Seriously Just Put Pepe The Frog On A Mini Skirt?

[70] Glamour – WTH Is Zara Selling a Skirt Featuring a Pepe the Frog Look-alike?

[71] New York Magazine – Zara Pulled a Skirt Featuring an Alt-Right Symbol From Its Site

[72] Twitter – Zara puts controversial symbol on skirt

[73] The Guardian – Zara pulls denim skirt over likeness to alt-right mascot Pepe the Frog

[74] CBR – Pepe the Frog is Dead

[75] Mary Sue – Guess What Happened to Pepe the Frog on Free Comic Book Day

[76] Mashable – Pepe the Frog became a hate icon so his creator killed him off

[77] Twitter – @RBraceySherman

[78] Twitter – @RBraceySherman

[79] The Daily Dot – Writer says she received racist unsolicited Pepe meme via Bluetooth

[80] HeatStreet – Feminist Stalks Random People at Airport Bar to Find Person Who Sent Her ‘Pepe the Frog’ Image

[81] Kickstarter – Save Pepe#

[82] Reddit – Creator of Pepe the Frog white supremacist meme says he wants to reclaim him

[83] Vox – Pepe the Frogs creator cant save him

[84] Document Cloud – Furie Complaint PDF

[85] Motherboard – This Is the First Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Filed Against a Pepe Meme Maker

[86] 4plebs – Matt Furie is Suing Me for Painting Pepe

[87] Twitter – @RealAlexJones

[88] DocumentCloud – Infowars Lawsuit

[89] The Hollywood Reporter – Pepe the Frog Artist Suing InfoWars for Copyright Infringement

[90] Kotaku – Compete

[91] Something Awful – February 4 2008

[91] DotEsports – Overwatch League cracking down on Pepe memes

[92] Twitter – @sinatraa

[93] Infowars – Infowars Settles Pepe the Frog Lawsuit

[94] The Verge – Infowars settles Pepe the Frog copyright lawsuit for $15000

[95] Reddit – /r/technology

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