About

Frenworld was a subreddit in which Redditors submitted illustrations of the Pepe the Frog variant Apu Apustaja in posts written in childlike speech, such as using the word fren in place of “friend.” While many of the posts submitted to /r/Frenworld contained what appeared to be wholesome content, many accused the community members of using dogwhistles to promote bigotry and violence. The subreddit was banned in June 2019 for violating Reddit’s content guidelines.

History

On September 10th, 2018, the /r/frenworld[1] subreddit was launched by Redditor FoxDieEeE. Over the next nine months, the subreddit accumulated upwards of 60,000 subscribers.

frenworld Posts нот - VIEW SORT Posted by u/FoxDieEeE 24 days ago COMMUNITY DETAILS 6.3k /r/ChapoTrapHouse literally fantasizing over violently assaulting twelve year old for wearing a pepe shirt a r/frenworld 60.5k 571 i this kid doesn't just live in a locker there's ne justice in this warld Online Frens chapo didnt censor a world for frens JOIN CREATE POST I mews anne oe deserving af a mhae tsa k N Feseed R/FRENWORLD RULES 1.Off-topic, Non-Fren post 2. Unfrenliness e an me give him a spray tan and nuke him 3. Frenophobia Chase Fursatas 23 pints - aur ag MODERATORS That kid for sure is bulied. Hopefully he is. They just don't make lockers big enough parmalink embed save report reply u/FoxDieEeE volo 1 peis2 hour apn The sone ns g ie can't be a racist, he's drinking chooolate milk. u/Sergei Suvorov tan t ts2 hoursag Maybe bullying nerds wasn't a bad thing after all. u/ufoguy33 Frensident Oc Baby 43 peists 3 hous ago ermalink embed save report reply u/Fruityturtle when you spend all of your schaol shooting gun money on custom sweatpa 692 Comments Share Save u/cubev10 > > Web page Text Website
 

Controversies

On May 2nd, 2019, Redditor[2] SkynetJusticeWarri0r posted in the /r/TopMindsOfReddit subreddit “r/FrenWorld is a look into just how acceptable and prevalent white nationalism and bigotry is on reddit. And the Top Minds are simply their useful idiots.” In the thread, the Redditor posted a series of links to examples of bigotry on /r/frenworld. They write:

To the average user of reddit there is nothing wrong with engaging in any sort of bigotry or hate speech – but the real crime is when the ‘SJWs’ call it out for what it is.

The fact of the matter always remains, edgelords begin adopting certain memes and phrases simply for the reason that they are associated with white nationalism and the alt-right. These same people then become up in arms when they get called out for being an integral component in enabling and promoting these dog whistles and the associated bigotry.

The post continues explaining many of the coded phrases and memes, known as “dog whistles,” that express white supremacist viewpoints, including the term “frens,” which is used to identify “fellow racists, bigots, white supremacists and the alt-right” on the subreddit, according to the post. Finally, the thread lays out a list of bigotted memes that include references to the Holocaust, the 2019 Christ Church Mosque shootings, the Ku Klux Klan and more. Within two months, the post received more than 11,000 points (83% upvoted) and 2,100 comments.

On May 4th, 2019 Twitter user @BrianneandMatt tweeted a “Frenpill” image, stating “this post, really make my fash alarms go off” (shown below).

 

On May 7th, YouTuber Sisterz uploaded a video titled “Internet Drama: Frenworld exposed,” which accused the subreddit of being a haven of Neo-Nazi propaganda (shown below).

 

June 2019 Ban

On June 20th, 2019, the subreddit was banned by Reddit administrators and a notice was placed on the page indicating that it had been removed for “content that glorifies or encourages violence.”

This community has been banned This subreddit was banned for violations of our Content Policy, specifically, the posting of content that glorifies or encourages violence Banned 21 hours ago. BACK TO REDDIT Text Font Logo Line
 

That day, reporter Will Sommer tweeted about the subreddit, stating that it “featured racist and anti-Semitic Pepe the Frog-style cartoons” (shown below).

 

 

Meanwhile, Redditor -MostDownVoted- submitted a post asking for details about the subreddit’s removal to /r/OutOfTheLoop, where it gathered more than 5,900 points (93% upvoted) and 1,200 comments within 20 hours. In the comments section, many posters referenced dog whistles on the subreddit, such as referring to Jewish people as “nose-frens,” referencing the Despite Being 13% and using the word “bop” when referring to violence. That same day, IGN Forums member Steelknight47 submitted a thread criticizing the ban titled “SJW Reddit mods banned r/frenworld and affiliate Pepe sub-forums.”