"Pepe the Frog, an online character that had become a symbol of the alt-right, has been killed off by its creator, the BBC reports".
Out of the marshes of 4Chan, Pepe became a meme spouting racist and anti-Semitic messages, with the Anti-Defamation League declaring him a hate symbol.
Furie tried to save the image through a "Save Pepe" movement, but has now killed the character in a strip as part of Fantagraphics' Free Comic Book Day. The strip shows Pepe's lifeless green body being mourned by his fellow Boy's Club characters.
He added, "While it's unlikely Pepe's official death will stop extremists from co-opting his image, this was, perhaps, the most effective way for Furie to reclaim his character; Pepe's soul has returned to his creator".
If you understood none of this, just remember this, as both moral and epitaph of Pepe the Frog: The Internet is bad, and we should feel bad.
Pepe the Frog is dead.
Frustrated, Furie launched a #SavePepe campaign to keep the slacker frog true to his once-chill self.
Fantagraphics, which publishes Furie's comics, previously condemned the appropriation of Pepe.
The character became a symbol used by the alt-right in the lead up to the US election in 2016, and while Furie's decision may be understandable, it is also entirely futile. The frog face has gone through thousands of user-made Internet incarnations, expressing rage, smugness, violence, happiness, coolness and, most notably, sadness. When the alt-right version of Pepe zoomed unstoppably across the web, Furie wasn't the least bit anxious, saying Pepe's political affiliation was "just a phase"; his traditional charm will be restored "as early as next week". His personal favourites, he said were "the more charming, kids drawings of Pepe, the ones where he's crudely drawn on MS Paint". American alt-right fans began using Pepe to depict Hitler or racist figures "feeling good, man" while attacking liberal "snowflakes".