How a Pepe the Frog movie speaks powerfully to this moment in divisive American politics
The futile pursuit of analyzing comedy has long been likened to dissecting a frog: You bore the audience and end up with a lifeless, croaked amphibian. Yet is there something true to be learned if instead, you study a comic frog?
In the case of “Feels Good Man,” the Sundance Festival award winner that comes to PBS’s “Independent Lens” Monday night and is available on demand, you end up with one of the most politically relevant films of the year.
On one level, the 90-minute documentary is about California cartoonist Matt Furie and his globally known creation, Pepe the Frog. The benign, chillaxin’ character was plucked more than a decade ago from the relative obscurity of the Myspace-sprung slacker-life comic “Boy’s Club” and transmogrified into a meme by 4chan users and others and cribbed by pop singers — before swimming into the sociopolitical mainstream in 2016 as a symbol co-opted by the alt-right and shared on social media by the campaigning Trump family.https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2020/10/19/pepe-the-frog-feels-good-man/