Alt-right supporters are trying as many methods as possible to make their hateful voices heard. Their latest attempt is quite innovative, as they resorted to memes to propagate their views. Therefore, the beloved Pepe the Frog is now used to promote their racist ideology, but its creator is not happy. He even went so far that he wants to end the character’s existence, and declare any of its uses illegal.
Pepe the Frog is used as an emblem for hate
Matt Furie is tired of seeing Pepe the Frog as an emblem for racism and intolerance, so he decided to pull the character from all websites. So far, Furie sent notices to several personalities who support the alt-right movement, and asked them to stop using the meme. These personalities include Mike Cernovich, the well-known conspiracy theorist, Richard Spencer, or all members of the_Donald Reddit community.
The creator of the meme wants to pull copyright infringement acts to get the meme taken down
However, he’s not planning to stop here. If people won’t give up Pepe the Frog willingly, he is going to make them do it. Furie announced he would use the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to have all his memes taken down from Twitter, Reddit, or any other website which might contain them.
Some of these notices have already had the desired effect. Amazon, for instance, has pulled down several books which made use of Pepe’s image without the creator’s permission. Also, Google took down an app which used the image of the frog, and it’s no longer allowed to appear in apps.
However, convincing businesses to stop using Pepe the Frog was the easiest part. To make the message reach alt-right individuals might be a little more difficult. Richard Spencer, for instance, has embraced Pepe as mascot for his podcast, and he might not agree to give it up. Furie is determined to take legal action if his requests won’t be met, but he hopes he won’t have to do it.
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