Alexander Lendrum

Editorial curator, born and raised in Hong Kong.

Learn all About the Rise and Fall of the Once Innocent Pepe the Frog in This Short Doc

We’ve all seen his face somewhere, be it on our phones (most probably), plastered throughout the interwebs, across a myriad of DIY projects, found on clothes, and even in mainstream news thanks to certain politicians who have abused the poor guy for their own personal advantages, resulting in a gross mutation of from a once innocent stoner frog, into the contemporary hate symbol for all that is wrong with humanity. We are of course talking about the one and only Pepe the Frog.

As the story goes, Pepe was originally created by artist/illustrator Matt Furie for his Boy’s Club comic, where he started off his then-humble life as one of four friends who would experience life through a whimsically curious perspective, often engaging in fun-filled antics not dissimilar to most youth in today’s western world. Pepe then venture out and into the internet, where his inevitable doom ensued; an turbulent journey of limelight and financial highs, to deep and very dark lows that resulted in the recent allegations of racist and anti-semitic associations to the point of being officially proclaimed by the Anti-Defamation League as a recognized hate symbol.

While Pepe is now no longer with us–a victim taken from this world through control of the powers that be (if you think about it, Pepe didn’t actually do anything this whole time. He was just… existing)–his story will live on through the meme hall of fame. To get the full and comprehensive story of Pepe the Frog, watch this highly informative documentary by YouTube host Shots Fired, entitled Pepe: The Frog that Broke the Internet.

Alexander Lendrum

Editorial curator, born and raised in Hong Kong.