Art is interpreted in the eyes of the beholder. Thus what one person finds to be art another can legitimtely feel it’s trash.
Critical to interpretation of art however is the Artist’s Intent.
With so many things in life, there is room for debate and alternate interpretations.
However with Pepe The Frog there is no debate that Pepe is used by some anti semites to intimidate, threaten and harass Jewish people on Twitter and more broadly on social media.
The alt right combined mediagenic personalities and memes to broadcast their anti semitical message to a general public more connected than ever on Facebook and Twitter.
Anti semites like Beardson Beardly bursting on the scene as a David Duke of sorts. A mediagenic face conveying the ugly message.
Beardson, who appeared to have ingratiated himself with Mike Cernovich by hiding his true nature (even earning a shoutout from Mike on a periscope as “funny”) quickly networked with alt right figures and even threatened young GOP future leaders such as Kassy Dillon on Twitter.
Mr. Cernovich appears to have quickly detected the virulent anti semitism in Beardson and disassociated.
Beardson was quickly suspended for his overt threat, and has subsequently apparently been suspended mutliple times for evading suspension.
Beardson also opposed the #NeverTrump campaign led by Ben Shapiro and Louise Mensch of HeatStreet on twitter.
Their use is nazi like propaganda from the alt right, which themselves seem mostly disaffected southern and midwesterners holding onto old time prejudices and hatred hoping for a comeback.
It’s as if the South is trying to rise again. I believe we fought a Civil War over that, however some dreams seem to die hard.
As journalist Kristen V Brown of Fusion writes in Twitter has failed at controlling horrifying anti-Semitism:
Secondly, the social network has time and time again failed to accurately and consistently assess abuse when it does make its way into Twitter’s review process. Twitter’s abusive behavior policy is famously vague, but even when the violations of it are indisputable, the network often fails to act. Earlier this year, I experienced this first hand when Twitter failed to take action against several death threats against me that very clearly violated its harassment policies.
No matter what you think about Beardson Beardly’s commentary, he has a history of overt threats on twitter.
The heretofore noted rise in anti semitism in Europe has made the jump to America, stoked by the high visibility and volume anti semitism that is on twitter.
We hope that there’s a lesson learner here. That stoking the fires can and will result in flames.
Musician Sergio Michel was also attacked by elements of the alt right on twitter and has actively withdrawn from association with the alt right due to their lack of professionalism.
Mr Michel was quite appalled at the trolling on twitter by a journalist from a site that had sought him out for interview.
That is rather than write an assigned article, Mr. Cooper chose to troll Mr. Michel on a secondary (?) twitter account.
The infecting fringe element of anti semites and twitter trolls needs to be removed from the party, stat.