On September 29, 2016, Oren Segal, director Israel lobby ADL in an Op-Ed at British daily Guardian declared Pepe the Frog, the cartoon being antisemite just like the Hindu religious symbol Swastika.
“It may seem more than a little strange that the image of a cartoon frog could end up alongside such infamous symbols as the Blood Drop Cross of Ku Klux Klan. But the evolution of the Pepe the Frog actually illustrates a key aspect of hate symbol: many such images do not actually begin as hate symbols,” wrote Segal.
“Many of Pepe depictions were not bigoted in nature, but merely supportive of candidate Trump. But offensive Pepe images also grew in number – and were sometimes even sent to journalists or others who had written or said negative things about Trump. Such usages went part and parcel with the alt right’s use of triple parentheses ‘echo’ punctuation to single out Jewish journalists,” Segal added.
The so-called Alt-Right neo-Nazis don’t hate Jews (Jewish Daily Forward, August 28, 2016), they support Donald Trump due to his hatred towards Muslims, Islam, and refugees from Muslim countries.
Pepe the Frog made the news recently when Donald J. Trump Jr. posted a photoshopped image of The Deplorables – featuring his father, Donald Trump, and his pro-Israel Muslim hating supporters – mocking Hillary Clinton calling them “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, etc.”
“That cartoon frog is more sinister than you might realize,” Clinton’s campaign wrote, calling him a “symbol associated with white supremacy.”
“It’s not as if Trump is the only cultural figure the alt-righters of 4chan have claimed as their own. They’re also very fond of Taylor Swift, whom they see as their “Aryan goddess.” But Swift’s reputation has not suffered, because she doesn’t retweet praise from white supremacists. The reason Trump’s campaign has become associated with racists, xenophobes, and the alt-right is that he’s stood by and let it happen,” wrote Libby Nelson on Jewish VOX on September 28, 2016.
Singer Taylor Swift happens to be Jewish.
In 2005, American artist Matt Furie, 37, created the comic series Boy’s Club, which stars the teenage monster characters Pepe, Brett, Andy and Landwolf (here).