I’ve been trying to get a friend of mine involved with this DAO. This person comes from the mainstream news media world, they have been a social media manager for at least two recognized names within the USA.
They were doing some checking into the DAO and trying to see if it may be a fit for them and today they raised a flag to me that the DAO may want to think about.
The meme character Pepe the Frog has been legitimately linked to racism, specifically white supremacy.
The originator of the meme, one Matt Furie in 2017 “drew Pepe in one final comic—at the frog’s own funeral” because of a failed bid at trying to bring back “the positive aspects” of his “cute, generally happy frog” as he told the Athletic in this article about Pepe on the Dictionary dot com website.
Further, the ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) has put Pepe on its list of Hate symbols.
Regardless of whether this meme is being used in a funny or light-hearted way to expand the Bankless name, there obviously is a stigma attached to this character and I believe the DAO should distance itself from using it going forward.
Obviously, it is up to each one of us to be aware of what we post, but Bankless should be promoting inclusivity.
IMHO Pepe is not helping in this manner.