Newswire: Get Involved, Internet: Rehabilitate Pepe’s reputation

We’ve reached a weird moment in the evolution of American politics, where one of the key barometers of whether the country is swinging dangerously far to the right is the fight for a stoned cartoon frog’s soul. Cartoonist Matt Furie has had to mostly watch quietly as one of his characters, Pepe The Frog, became a mascot for the “alt-right,” up to and including being branded by the Anti-Defamation League as a hate symbol. Furie fired back a few months ago, though, releasing a story in a Free Comic Book Day compilation depicting Pepe’s death and funeral. Now, he’s launching a full-court press to take back his own creation from people who want to use him as a symbol for anti-Semitism, announcing a Kickstarter for the resurrection of Pepe as a laid-back frog dude who “enjoyed a simple life of snacks, soda, and pulling his pants …

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