Five stories that have North Texas talking: Former Denton ISD administrator threatened with lawsuit by Pepe the Frog's creator; Trump visited Texas on Tuesday; how to help after Harvey; and more.
To avoid a lawsuit, a Denton ISD administrator, who was removed over his controversial children’s book, will stop its distribution and donate all profits from sales to the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Eric Hauser came under fire for “The Adventures of Pepe and Pede,” which features Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character appropriated by the so-called “alt-right” movement. The book was also criticized for being anti-Muslim with a bearded alligator called Alkah as the villain.
Hauser initially claimed not to know that Pepe the Frog was associated with white supremacists.
“However, documents from the book's illustrator, Nina Khalova, show that Hauser was aware the Pepe cartoon already existed,” the Denton Record-Chronicle reports.
He has since admitted to copyright infringement.
“In a project description Hauser sent to Khalova in June, the author included an image of Pepe the Frog and wrote, ‘I want The Frog to look very similar to this frog. He will wear a blue shirt,’” according to the Record-Chronicle.
Pepe the Frog was created in 2005 by artist Matt Furie, who threatened to sue Hauser unless he pulled the book, which was picked up by Post Hill Press. He’s also required to donate all profits to CAIR, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization.
Hauser originally self-published the book on Aug. 1 on Amazon. He was removed as an administrator earlier this month and resigned last week. [Denton Record-Chronicle]
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