Sam Sanders put out a wonderful piece yesterday about Pepe the Frog. I want to focus on one comment.
And then, that same star was coopted, stolen by a 4chan fringe. In an effort described to the Daily Beast as a push to “reclaim Pepe from normies,” a dedicated group of 4chan users began to tie Pepe to white nationalism beginning around 2015. “We basically mixed Pepe in with Nazi propaganda, etc. We built that association,” one user told Daily Beast reporter Olivia Nuzzi.
Does this sound absurd to anyone else? Fortunately, there’s a link to the article!
Olivia Nuzzi’s quote comes from was written about 11 and a half months ago. In this article she quotes @JaredTSwift.
@JaredTSwift is an anonymous white nationalist who claims to be 19 years old and in school someplace on the West Coast. He told me there is “an actual campaign to reclaim Pepe from normies.”
“We basically mixed Pepe in with Nazi propaganda, etc. We built that association,” @JaredTSwift said.
Unfortunately for Ms. Nuzzi, @JaredTSwift is a troll. Here are some of his best tweets taken from TweetSave.
Isn’t it great when a parody account makes a news publication and then the information gets repeated ad nauseum without fact checks? I know I love it! Thanks NPR!