If you’ve been on Twitter for the last few days, you’ve probably seen the Pepe the frog Meme famously known as Comrade in Nigeria.
The original photo was created by an American artist and cartoonist named Matt Furie in 2005.
Pepe the frog is a fictitious character that first appeared in a 2005 comic, the photo has gone through multiple modifications since then.
It started as an incredible meme known as “feel good frog” in 2008, Pepe the from was later edited into a more sad & angry meme a few years later.
In 2015, what was originally intended to symbolize a peaceful way of life by the artist became twisted by several hate groups which caused the image to be added to the Anti-Defamation League’s database of hate symbols in 2016.
Pepe the frog Meme started going viral in 2014— but not in the way you probably know it. According to meme chroniclers Know Your Meme, On November 8th, 2014, Katy Perry tweeted a picture of Pepe crying with the caption “Australian jet lag got me like” Almost 17,000 people liked and 10,500 retweeted the photo on Twitter.
After it was added to the Anti-Defamation League’s database of hate symbols in 2016, the photo wasn’t seen for years — until it was tweeted in Nigeria during Davido and Wizkid’s saga with a caption: “frog voice.”
Wizkid fanbase at earlier days taken to calling the meme “frog,” to mock Davido and his fans.
For the next few months, Pepe the frog meme reigned supreme on Twitter.
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