Social justice warriors are conducting all-out keyboard warfare thanks to the Russian Embassyâ€™s decision to tweet a picture of Pepe the Frog, the lighthearted Internet meme favored by Trump fans that became co-opted as a symbol of white nationalism by a group of trolls.
The goofy picture of a cartoon frog was sent out to the roughly 43,000 followers of the Russian Embassy, UK Twitter account on Monday morning, accompanying a message that reads: â€śIn todayâ€™s papers: pundits call on @Theresa_May to disrupt possible Russia-US thaw. No trust in Britainâ€™s best friend and ally?â€ť
Sure enough, a bevy of social justice warriors and leftist journalists alike descended on the post, feathers fully ruffled. â€śHi there, reporter here. Are you aware of that imageâ€™s popularity among white nationalists?â€ť wrote Talia Jane, a journalist with Mic.com.
As it turns out, Janeâ€™s employer was the same publication that derailed a fundraiser for the American Military Partners Association, a prominent support group for LGBT veterans, when it discovered that it was going to take place at a pro-Trump art show, Breitbart reported.
Twitter users rallied around Pepeâ€™s cause in response to the uproar, pointing out to confused reporters that Pepe the Frog is simply a meme meant to be taken in jest.
In September of last year, Hillary Clintonâ€™s campaign put out a widely-mocked â€śexplainerâ€ť that sought to connect Pepe to white supremacism, a move that seemed to have lodged the connection into her supportersâ€™ beliefs even though such links have been soundly discredited.