Elliot Rodger

How 'Pepe the Frog' went from harmless to hate symbol

How 'Pepe the Frog' went from harmless to hate symbol

Feels bad, man.

Denizens of the darker corners of the Internet turned an innocent frog comic into a hate symbol of the "deplorable" alt-right. 

"Pepe the Frog" first appeared in 2005 in the comic "Boy's Life" by artist and illustrator Matt Furie. The comics depict Pepe and his anthropomorphized animal friends behaving like stereotypical post-college bros: playing video games, eating pizza, smoking pot and being harmlessly gross.

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For the Record

Dec. 7, 7:15 p.m.: This article incorrectly says the Pepe the Frog character first appeared in Boy's...

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