Pepe: Rare, Racist or Both?

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Feels several different ways, man Support us on Patreon! https://patreon.com/pbsideachannel We got merch! http://bit.ly/1U8fS1B Tweet us! http://bit.ly/pbsideachanneltwitter Idea Channel Facebook! http://bit.ly/pbsideachannelfacebook Talk about this episode on reddit! http://bit.ly/pbsideachannelreddit Idea Channel IRC! http://bit.ly/pbsideachannelirc Email us! pbsideachannel [at] gmail [dot] com If you spend time either on the internet, or following political news. there’s a good chance you’ve heard of this guy. Pepe the Frog. Over time, he’s mutated and morphed, was ‘shopped and pasted into countless situations, and onto an endless parade of pre-existing characters. Around 4chan, reddit, and other spots, people cracked wise about the value of certain Pepes, based on their scarcity, originality or both. Jokes began to arise about the relative rareness of Pepes, and their collectability. Pepe’s biggest entré into the PUBLIC spotlight came late last year, in the midst of the American presidential campaign. There are a series of events which lead up to what we might call the defining moment in Pepe’s Metamorphosis, where he transforms from Simple Frog to Alleged Hate Symbol. That’s what we’re going to talk about today: How it is that Pepe’s meaning changed. How is it that a symbol which has no hateful meaning, takes on that hateful meaning. And how might that meaning be erased, reclaimed, or defied. Let us know what you think in the comments below! --COMMENT RESPONSES TO LAST WEEK’S EPISODE-- --TWEETS OF THE WEEK-- https://twitter.com/aaronmhill/status/829349080451121158 https://twitter.com/sonotoridesu/status/828811099436834816 --FURTHER READING & SOURCES-- http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/26/how-pepe-the-frog-became-a-nazi-trump-supporter-and-alt-right-symbol.html http://www.adl.org/combating-hate/hate-on-display/c/pepe-the-frog.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/ http://www.adl.org/press-center/press-releases/extremism/adl-adds-pepe-the-frog-online-hate-symbols-database.html http://dailycaller.com/2016/09/14/heres-how-two-twitter-pranksters-convinced-the-world-that-pepe-the-frog-meme-is-just-a-front-for-white-nationalism/ http://time.com/4530128/pepe-the-frog-creator-hate-symbol/ http://www.adl.org/combating-hate/hate-on-display/c/pepe-the-frog.html http://www.adl.org/press-center/press-releases/extremism/adl-joins-with-pepe-the-frog-creator-social-media-campaign-save-pepe.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indo-Aryan_migration_theory https://books.google.com/books?id=ExqIAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA113&lpg=PA113&dq=swastika+polysemy&source=bl&ots=paws57LFhV&sig=DAFmC6ZR3ERizRZauMPusEKa2-Y&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiYkZDb8-rRAhWijVQKHbYuBD8Q6AEIIDAB#v=onepage&q=swastika%20polysemy&f=false https://books.google.com/books?id=-gV8DQAAQBAJ&pg=PT225&lpg=PT225&dq=swastika+polysemy&source=bl&ots=GrK6DhEG0h&sig=o5oMGjBDFjtD4eBB5laedY9Qwgo&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiYkZDb8-rRAhWijVQKHbYuBD8Q6AEIHDAA#v=onepage&q=swastika%20polysemy&f=false --ASSET LINKS-- 00:21 Hillary Clinton pepe explainer https://www.hillaryclinton.com/feed/donald-trump-pepe-the-frog-and-white-supremacists-an-explainer/ 0:59 3D Pepe http://buttlas.tumblr.com/post/117134743116/feels-bad-man 1:00 Pepe as Bane http://rarepepesdaily.tumblr.com/post/131975641478/hyper-rare-bane-pepe-appears-when-batman-needs-a 1:01 Pepe as Leia https://imgur.com/jLEFrtE 1:54 Daily Beast Article http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/26/how-pepe-the-frog-became-a-nazi-trump-supporter-and-alt-right-symbol.html 3:01 Daily Caller Article http://dailycaller.com/2016/09/14/heres-how-two-twitter-pranksters-convinced-the-world-that-pepe-the-frog-meme-is-just-a-front-for-white-nationalism/ 3:41 Matt Furie Comic https://thenib.com/pepe-the-frog-to-sleep-perchance-to-meme 3:53 Pepe The Frog: From Innocent Meme To Hate Symbol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q6n1Yj3kRs#action=share 10:21 HD Lego Pepe https://www.reddit.com/r/pepethefrog/comments/38vi7d/hd_lego_pepe/ 10:21 Ascii Pepe https://plus.google.com/+CybercitiBiz/posts/aZ4PtG1hkSw 10:22 3D Printed Pepe https://www.shapeways.com/product/YDUU5JXVM/sad-frog-feels-bad-man?optionId=55548329&li=marketplace --MERCH-- https://store.dftba.com/collections/idea-channel T-Shirts Designed by: http://artsparrow.com/ ----------------------------------------­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­------------------------­-­-­-­- Written and hosted by Mike Rugnetta (@mikerugnetta) (who also has a podcast! Reasonably Sound: http://bit.ly/1sCn0BF) Made by Kornhaber Brown (http://www.kornhaberbrown.com)