Aug 28, 2017
By Michael Kramer
The creator of a cartoon frog – that was illegally appropriated by white racists – has forced a Texas man to stop distributing a children’s book based on the character – Pepe the Frog.
Lawyers for artist Matt Furie say he has enforced his copyright of Pepe the Frog – and has forced former Texas educator Eric Hauser to quit distribution of his self-published book, “The Adventures of Pepe and Pede.”
Furie’s attorneys, Louis Tompros and Don Steinberg – say in a statement that the book in question was hateful, racist and Islamophobic.
Hauser’s lawyer declined to comment.
Pepe the Frog made hi first appearence more than ten years ago – in an online cartoon – and has often been used by white supremacists and nationalists in online memes.
A Texas school district removed Eric Hauser as an assistant principal – after he self-published the book this summer.