Pepe the Frog creator kills off character after it was claimed by alt-right groups

Pepe the Frog creator kills off character to speak out against hate

Pepe the Frog has been used by many in election campaigns (Wikimedia Commons)

Monday, May 8, 2017

The creator of Pepe the Frog has killed off the character in a special comic for free comic book day.

The comic, drawn by artist Matt Furie, is just one page and shows Pepe the Frog in a casket at this funeral, according to The Hill

The character has been popular with the far-right movement, as many people edited images of the frog to include racist messages and shared it online during the US Presidential election campaign to support Donald Trump in 2016.

An alt-right member told the Daily Beast: “We basically mixed Pepe in with Nazi propaganda. We built that association."

The Anti-Defamation League also classifies Pepe the Frog as a hate symbol.

Before this, the character had been popular with a far wider audience, as Furie first shared it on Myspace in 2005. It was then posted on the anonymous image board 4chan.

He told Time: “It’s a nightmare, and the only thing I can do [now this has happened] is see this as an opportunity to speak out against hate."