ADL Declares "Pepe the Frog" Meme a "Hate Symbol" for "Anti-Semites and Racists"Chris Menahan
Sep. 28, 2016
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The Anti-Defamation League has declared beloved internet meme "Pepe the Frog" to be a "hate symbol."
The haters at the ADL wrote in a press release yesterday:
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today identified “Pepe the Frog,” a cartoon character used by haters on social media to suggest racist, anti-Semitic or other bigoted notions, as a hate symbol. It has been added it to ADL’s online “Hate on Display” database.Sounds like they got triggered by some alt-right twitter trolls spreading Pepes like these which Rachel Maddow recently whined about on her TV show:
The Pepe the Frog meme is used by millions of internet users worldwide and has no set meaning. For most people, it's just a funny internet comic used to express an emotion. Declaring Pepe a "hate symbol" is radical in the extreme.
In April, the ADL suggested Trump's usage of the term "America First" was also "antisemitic."
The group urged Trump "to reconsider his use of the phrase 'America First'," saying it was used by so-called anti-Semites "seeking to keep the nation out of World War II."
"The most noteworthy leader of the 'America First Committee' was Charles Lindbergh," the ADL said, "who sympathized with the Nazis and whose rhetoric was characterized by anti-Semitism and offensive stereotypes."
Despite the ADL's claims, Donald Trump has made the term a cornerstone of his campaign.
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