The man who created Pepe the Frog killed off the popular character following its hijacking by alt-right white supremacists.
Matt Furie, who previously aligned himself with various civil rights organizations to attempt to take back the comic frog from being used by alt-right conservatives, has now decided to kill of the character through a one-page comic strip.
The cartoonist had originally created Pepe to be a part of the “Boy’s Club” series he had on MySpace back in 2005, but now the infamous from became quite a popular meme during the 2000s.
However the meme garnered attention and use among alt- and far right supporters in order to express their prejudice, racism, and anti-semitism, even going so far as to be shown in outfits relating to the KKK or Nazis.
Hillary Clinton previously condemned President Donald Trump after he shared the meme, which she, along with other leftists, identified as being a racist symbol of hate.
It was recently designated as such a symbol by the US’ Anti-Defamation League, who also noted traction the character gained with the extremist alt-right moement.
“It’s completely insane that Pepe has been labeled a symbol of hate, and that racists and anti-Semites are using a once peaceful frog-dude from my comic book as an icon of hate,” said Furie during the time.
“It’s a nightmare, and the only thing I can do is see this as an opportunity to speak out against hate.”
“As the creator of Pepe, I condemn the illegal and repulsive appropriations of the character by racist and fringe groups.”
However Furie seems to have given into defeat, and drew Pepe lying inside of an open casket as those close to him mourn him.
“The rehabilitation of Pepe was always going to be a struggle,” said Shaun Manning in Comic Book Resources, “and it’s hard to imagine Furie taking much joy in creating new Pepe strips knowing that, whatever his own intentions, the character would read through tinted lenses.
“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. Rest in Peace.”