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Feels Good Man (2020)

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Artist Matt Furie, creator of the comic character Pepe the Frog, begins an uphill battle to take back his iconic cartoon image from those who used it for their own purposes.

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Arthur Jones

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Giorgio Angelini, Matt Furie (based on original artwork by) | 2 more credits »
4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Robert Barnes Robert Barnes ... Self - Attorney, InfoWars (archive footage)
Samantha Bee ... Self - Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (archive footage)
Jeremy Blackburn Jeremy Blackburn ... Self
Susan Blackmore Susan Blackmore ... Self - Psychologist and Memetist
Matt Braynard Matt Braynard ... Self - Executive Director, Look Ahead America
Hillary Clinton ... Self (archive footage)
Stephen Colbert ... Self (archive footage)
Joel Finkelstein Joel Finkelstein ... Self - Director, Network Contagion Research Institute
Matt Furie Matt Furie ... Self - Artist, Creator of Pepe the Frog
Ursala Furie Ursala Furie ... Self
Nicolette Gray Nicolette Gray ... Self (archive footage)
John Michael Greer John Michael Greer ... Self - Occultist and Scholar
Lisa Hanawalt Lisa Hanawalt ... Self - Artist and Writer
Emily Heller ... Self - Comedian and TV writer
Alex Jones ... Self - Host, InfoWars (archive footage)
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Artist Matt Furie, creator of the comic character Pepe the Frog, begins an uphill battle to take back his iconic cartoon image from those who used it for their own purposes.

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Directorial debut of Arthur Jones. See more »

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Self - Psychologist and Memetist: The whole idea of memes comes from Richard Dawkins' 1976 book, "The Selfish Gene." Most of the book is about what he called "universal Darwinism," which said, "All of biology is driven by genes, but culture is driven by memes." He said, "Look around you and you'll see, floating about in the primeval soup of culture, is information copied by imitation from person to person." So that would include chairs... trousers... hairstyles. All of these things are only here because humans have copied them,...
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References Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986) See more »

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Pokémon Theme
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Written by John Siegler and John Loeffler
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Fascinating but Ultimately 2D Exposition of Pepe the Frog
8 September 2020 | by thenavesSee all my reviews

The first 45 minutes is actually quite informative in following the 4chan adoption and evolution of the meme - the mindset of those who first adopted Pepe and the emotional bond that was made. The next 45 however is essentially the reason Trump won: the lesson the left never learned; a minimization of the bigger conversation to a hyper-focus on the alt-right. In other words, the film does a good job of documenting the battle that took place with the alt-rights use of Pepe. However it's to the exclusion of the bigger campaign of those who do not agree with the alt-right but used Pepe to express hope and belief in a Trump victory over the rise of authoritarian and global Leftism. <-- the conversation that never takes place.

Much like reading a politifact "fact" check, the documentary quickly moves from history of the origins of Pepe into a breakdown and explanation of liberal narrative. As such, it leaves the 2016 experience of an entire swath of conservative and moderate voices misrepresented and lumped into a single basket of hate and aggression.

Let be me clear... This seems to be the way that the creator experienced everything and thus as a "Furie" documentary it tells his story quite well and accurately. However, as a "Pepe" documentary it fails to tell the whole story in anything other than a two dimensional, singularly aspected fashion - white supremacists used Pepe to promote their politics. This is of course true but only a small piece of a much bigger phenomena. Netflix will eat this up however and I imagine it will be viewed by millions and seen as the whole story before it's run is over.

In summary, this was a good documentary experience and I feel better informed after watching it. I would recommend it to just about anyone with the qualifier of its political leaning. But honestly, If you're politically liberal then you already believe the narrative portrayed in the second half of the documentary. If you're politically conservative (or have been since 2016) you are already aware of the narrative bias.


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Release Date:

28 August 2020 (USA) See more »

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