From the New York Times:
To much of the world, the cartoon frog is a hate symbol. To Hong Kong protesters, he’s something entirely different: one of them.
By Daniel Victor, Aug. 19, 2019
HONG KONG — Ask the Anti-Defamation League, and they will tell you Pepe the Frog is a hate symbol, a cheerleader of racism and anti-Semitism, a friend of alt-right extremists. The sad, green frog is widely viewed as toxic across the world, a signal of a sinister and dangerous worldview.
So it can be a bit jarring to see Pepe in his new role: a pro-democracy freedom fighter in the Hong Kong protests, siding with the people in their struggle against an authoritarian state. The protesters here hold signs with his image, use stickers of him in messaging apps and discussion forums, and even spray paint his face on walls.
Meanwhile, the Chinese Communist Party is also out to get Peppa the Pig. From the Daily Mail:
Protesters flocked to the consulate in Sydney on Wednesday to fight the ban
The show was banned when the main character became a ‘subversive icon’
Peppa Pig became associated with young people who were ‘anti-mainstream’
By KATE DARVALL FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA
PUBLISHED: 01:30 EDT, 9 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:15 EDT, 9 May 2018