On Copium Memes and Media Martyrdom

Grief and loss are difficult and even more if you live in the alternative reality of the president. Memes are one way of coping and they require our attention if we want to understand future strategies of the far right.

Pepe the frog in a MAGA hat inhaling “copium”
The Pepe the Frog “Copium” meme appeared soon after the election was called for Joe Biden
An image of Donald Trump protecting a smaller Pepe the Frog from flaming arrows. The image calls follower to DC on January 6
An image of Donald Trump protecting a smaller Pepe the Frog from flaming arrows. The image calls follower to DC on January 6
Parlar post from Jim Jordan that says “No president has been treated more unfairly by the media than President Trump”
Parlar post from Jim Jordan that says “No president has been treated more unfairly by the media than President Trump”
Screenshot of Trump tweet that says “In reality, they’re not after me, they’re after you, I’m just in the way”
Screenshot of Trump tweet that says “In reality, they’re not after me, they’re after you, I’m just in the way”

Digital Culture Expert. Cultural and Media Studies PhD. Co-author of the first peer-reviewed article on Pepe the frog. Teaches Media Studies at Queens College

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