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‘War on Memes’: ADL’s Pepe Condemnation Sparks Online Backlash

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A rash of Twitter users have begun to protest what they dub the establishment’s “War on Memes” — in particular, the claim that Internet cartoon Pepe the Frog is a symbol of white supremacy.

The war started when Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign branded the cartoon frog a “symbol of white supremacy,” basing their claims on a Daily Beast interview with two notorious trolls who have since mocked the author for taking their bait.

The claims have since been echoed by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, NBC’s Katy Tur, Heat Street’s Louise Mensch and Ian Miles Cheong, and even the Anti-Defamation League, who added the cartoon frog into their Hate Symbol Database alongside the Nazi swastika, the burning cross, and the Ku Klux Klan logo.

Attempting to take back their beloved cartoon frog meme, users on Twitter have protested the media’s coverage, using hashtags such as #TheWarOnMemes.

Even popular YouTube star Philip DeFranco joined in, commenting “feels bad, man,” a reference to Pepe’s early roots in meme history.

And of course, it wouldn’t be right without an appearance from both myself and fellow Breitbart Tech reporter Allum Bokhari.

Charlie Nash is a reporter for Breitbart Tech. You can follow him on Twitter @MrNashington or like his page at Facebook.


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