Who better to fight Pepe the Frog?
Pepe the Frog started back in 2005 as an innocent comic character that embodied the philosophy of “Feels good man.” Over the years, Pepe would evolve into a meme that represented sadness, anger, and smugness. But during this year’s presidential race, Pepe was co-opted by the alt right as a white nationalist icon in memes which were shared by Donald Trump, Jr and other Trump surrogates. Given the candidate’s appeal to white supremacists, Pepe has become readily identified as a symbol of the Trump campaign in the darkest corners of the Internet. Recently, because of its anti-Semitic associations, the Anti-Defamation League added the frog to its list of hate symbols.
Fed up with Trump supporters and their disgusting Pepe memes, John Marshall, editor and publisher of the Talking Points Memo, decided to reclaim green frogs for the Internet once and for all. So he enlisted America’s most beloved frog, Kermit, to fight Pepe under #ImWithKer.
I feel like the rest of us need to get behind a canonical pluralism frog to turn back the tide, re-appropriate what… https://t.co/7W0vxr3U0W— Josh Marshall (@Josh Marshall) 1475460167
Clinton supporters and those against alt-right racism got on board quickly.
@joshtpm #MakeAmericaKermitAgain https://t.co/WJXnoALfVU— kenny jacobs (@kenny jacobs) 1475460312
#Imwithker #ImWithHer https://t.co/s0sMWHw6V5— George A. Hickman (@George A. Hickman) 1475466369
Hey may not be the frog we deserve, but he's the one we need right now #ImWithKer https://t.co/E2t0080FY6— Andrew Tumilty (@Andrew Tumilty) 1475466517
#ImWithKer because Sesame Street has known about Donald Grump since I was a kid. https://t.co/aRlz15mOp4— Dusty (@Dusty) 1475471610
Kermit gets it. #imwithker https://t.co/k12LfVKJiY— * .˚ Tammaria*.Blue✨ *. ˚ .* *. .˚ . *. .* ˚ .* (@* .˚ Tammaria*.Blue✨ *. ˚ .* *. .˚ . *. .* ˚ .*) 1475475364
He's spent YEARS in loyal service to his country (not like that Draft Dodger, Pepe). #ImWithKer https://t.co/TcgD4Ca3kt— Amee Vanderpool (@Amee Vanderpool) 1475502434
#ImWithKer because teaching kids to hate is not ok. https://t.co/EGg3oZbs1I— Renee (@Renee) 1475494362
Kermit knows what it's like to be different: https://t.co/sNwXKR8H5w Kermit > bigotry! #TakeBackTheFrog #ImWithKermit #ImWithKer @joshtpm— Joe (@Joe) 1475467720
Of course, then the alt right struck back.