Jodie Pepe

Jodie Whittaker, Pepe the Frog, and shitposters: an explainer

That cartoon frog is more ironic than you might realize.


Over the weekend, anon posted an odd photo on /who/:

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This raised some important questions.


Why is there a frog dressed as the 13th Doctor?

That’s Pepe. She’s a symbol of hope and inclusion in these dark times.


Wait. Really? Hope?

That’s right.


Please Explain.

Here’s the short version: Pepe is a cartoon frog who began his internet life as an innocent meme enjoyed by teenagers and pop stars alike.

But in recent months, Pepe’s been almost entirely co-opted by shitposters. They’ve decided to take back pepe by resurrecting the hilldawg meme and applying it to the new era of Doctor Who.

“We basically mixed hilldawg in with the 13th Doctor, etc. We built that association,” one prominent anon told the wiki.

Whittaker has retweeted her woke supporters with regularity, but the connection between the Jodoggs and herself continues to strengthen. Whittaker has been quick to verge cletuses, and she recently spoke to the BBC about how “It’s about time” for the Doctor to be a woman (and the BBC isn’t shy about the fact that the "broadcasting" organization is the “platform for inclusivity and diversity”).

Now jokesters have given Pepe the cartoon frog some Hillary hair and a Doctor jacket - and the actress herself says she is “honoured to be grouped with” her.


Let me get this straight: Jodie Whittaker is in memes associated with ironic shitposting online?

Yes.


But it’s just her, right?

Nope.

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Just curious: Who else is in this photo?

Notably, conspiracy theorist Bradley Walsh, who believes that the Final Chase is rigged (and once guest presented an episode of The One Show with Alex Jones), and Tosin Cole, who believes that the Capaldi era was too unappealing for general audiences.


This is horrifying.

Yes.


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