(TFC) – In the most hilarious of twists, all proceeds from an alt-rightish book featuring Pepe the Frog, the unofficial mascot of racists and misogynists worldwide, will be donated to the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
“The Adventures of Pepe and Pede” by Eric Hauser was a children’s book using the infamous Pepe the Frog meme drawn by cartoonist Matt Furie. Hauser was a middle school assistant principal in Texas, but resigned when details of his book became public. Furie, who is not alt-right, sued and the settlement reached requires all proceeds from the book be donated to the CAIR, a group despised by the alt-right. Furie sought the condition because he believed the book was Islamophobic in nature.
The book’s distribution has been canceled. The funds already generated, will be donated. WilmerHale, the firm representing Furie said:
“Furie does not want money made by peddling hateful themes to children. “Furie wants one thing to be clear: Pepe the Frog does not belong to the alt-right. As this action shows, Furie will aggressively enforce his intellectual property, using legal action if necessary, to end the misappropriation of Pepe the Frog … He will make sure that no one profits by using Pepe in alt-right propaganda – and particularly not by targeting children.”
Furie wants to bring Pepe back to life in a good way:
“Pepe became a meme around 2010, then stuck around the internet long enough to become an institutionally recognised hate mascot. Needless to say it’s a nightmare so I killed him off. But now I’d like to bring him back, and I’d like to ask your help in funding a new zine celebrating a resurrected Pepe, one that shall shine a light in all this darkness and feel good again.”
This is another blow to the alt-right, after a string of arrests of prominent white nationalists and alt-right figures demoralized the subculture in the wake of Charlottesville.