Blizzard's Political Correctness Police Department (BPCPD) are cracking down on a malevolent hate proponent - Pepe the Frog. Apparently the professional players and Overwatch fans both have to refrain from using the meme from now on.
Blizzard are now officially hunting down any and all remaining Pepe the Frog memes. While Pepe was initially a harmless meme, alt-right groups started using it in their propaganda. One of the most famous examples of the meme's misuse is an alt-right leader Richard Spencer who was wearing a Pepe badge as a symbol of... not sure what since he was punched right as he started explaining it.
Be that as it may, these escapades drew the wrong kind of attention to Pepe and Blizzard want nothing to do with it. Therefore, Pepe the Frog is a forbidden meme now. This wasn't a big deal until security detail confiscated a fan's cheering sign that contained an image of Pepe during an Overwatch match back in January.
From what I understand, Blizzard reached out to SF Shock management to ask that sinatra take down his birthday tweet because it had a pepe in it, which Blizzard is trying to crackdown on in regards to being potentially offensive. https://t.co/euVQW3sbHn— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) March 18, 2018
In a more recent event, San Francisco Shock's play sinatraa was celebrating his 18th birthday and posted a picture of containing Pepe. Consequently, San Francisco Shock were contacted by Blizzard in order to ask sinatraa to remove the picture due to Blizzard's new policy regarding the meme.
Blizzard elaborated further on the matter in a statement for Dot Esports, saying ''The Overwatch League discourages the use of symbols and imagery which are associated with or used by hate groups, including Pepe the Frog''. They continued by asking both fans and players to stop using the image of Pepe.
There don't seem to be any punishments set in place for using Pepe's image, probably because it would be ridiculous to penalize people who aren't aware of politicians' meme usage to further their own agendas.
There you go folks, even the funny internet memes are no longer safe. If you're planning to attend a Blizzard event any time in foreseeable future, you may want to rethink your planned meme usage.