Today in “perfectly normal sequence of internet events,” a video decrying the use of Pepe the Frog wearing a rainbow wig and red clown nose inspired actor James Woods to post a meme referencing the New Zealand mosque shooting.
Maybe perfectly normal isn’t the exact right phrase there, but … whatever.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) April 8, 2019
Earlier, a video by Lil Lunchbox on Facebook began circling through conservative social circles.
It’s hard to tell whether it’s entirely sincere or somewhat kayfabe, but the video shows Lil Lunchbox lamenting how far-right circles have been using Honk Honk to support their causes.
Honk Honk is a clownified version of Pepe the Frog, a meme that itself became a far-right signifier during the 2016 election. Honk Honk also recently became popular on 4chan, and it’s been accused of having anti-Semitic undertones because, well, anything that crowd does tend to have those.
I’m honestly so upset fuck 4chan and operation HONK FUCKFJSJSJS
Posted by on Friday, April 5, 2019
“I’m ready to go to motherfucking clwar [clown war] over this,” Lil Lunchbox says. “You’re not going to take a symbol of happiness and acceptance and multiculturalism and turn it into something racist, and antiseptic, and homophobic, and transphobic.
“Pepe the Frog belongs to me. That is the symbol of the resistance now.”
Lunchbox’s video picked up steam when it was tweeted by a clown politics (clolitics?) account @HonkHonkler.
LMFAO WHAT DID I JUST FIND ON FACEBOOK?