ADL Puts Pepe The Frog in their Hate Symbol Database This week, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) added the meme character Pepe the Frog to their hate symbol database. When I first heard the news, I felt shocked. Pepe the Frog has been around for years, and the vast majority of the memes I've seen involving Pepe are not racist or bigoted. So why include him in a hate symbol database? I looked into it, and found Pepe the Frog's entry on the ADL website. It's rather long, but at the end the ADL includes this disclaimer: However, because so many Pepe the Frog memes are not bigoted in nature, it is important to examine use of the meme only in context. The mere fact of posting a Pepe meme does not mean that someone is racist or white supremacist. However, if the meme itself is racist or anti-Semitic in nature, or if it appears in a context containing bigoted or offensive language or symbols, then it may have been used for hateful purposes. Ummmm, yes?