Conspiracy Website InfoWars Parts Ways With Pepe the Frog : NPR
We’ve been following the expropriation of Pepe the Frog by hate groups for quite a while, so here’s an update. I still personally think Pepe is beyond saving, but kudos to his creator for continuing to fight the good fight.
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, the founder of Infowars, has agreed to pay a $15,000 legal settlement to the creator of Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character appropriated by the alt-right that is now widely used in racist internet memes.
Jones signed the settlement on Monday with Matt Furie, the California-based artist who created Pepe some 15 years ago. The lawsuit alleged that Jones used the character without permission as part of a promotional poster also featuring images of himself, President Trump and far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.
Last month, the judge in the lawsuit limited the potential jury award to $14,000. Monday’s settlement was for that amount plus another $1,000 that Furie said he plans to donate to the amphibian conservation group Save the Frogs!