Right-wing extremist Richard Spencer got punched, but it was memes that bruised his ego - 2017-01-23

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F0.png Right-wing extremist Richard Spencer got punched, but it was memes that bruised his ego January 23, 2017, Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Verge

A video of white supremacist Richard Spencer getting punched by an Inauguration Day protestor went viral on social media this weekend, prompting a dozen overlapping conversations about the act's value, as well as the value of celebrating it.

While many argued that celebrating any amount of violence hurts the cause of peaceful protesters, others argued that the social risk of being a neo-Nazi should be as high as possible.

Spencer was attacked while in the middle of explaining the pin he was wearing — a Pepe frog that has been used so persistently as an anti-Semitic meme that certain usages of Pepe have been labeled a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League. He is one of the public faces of the internet's "alt-right" community (a term he coined), which takes its power from memes and has built its rhetoric around them. He's probably best known for arguing in favor of "ethnic cleansing" and leading a Nazi salute in our nation's capital. Shortly after the punch, Spencer said on Periscope "I am worried about going out to dinner on an average Tuesday because these people are roaming around" and "I'm afraid this is going to become the meme to end all memes. That I'm going to hate watching this."

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{{cite news | first = Kaitlyn | last = Tiffany | title = Right-wing extremist Richard Spencer got punched, but it was memes that bruised his ego | url = https://www.theverge.com/2017/1/23/14356306/richard-spencer-punch-internet-memes-alt-right | work = The Verge | date = January 23, 2017 | accessdate = December 5, 2021 }}