Thursday, July 16, 2020
Film Friday Even Though It's Thursday: "Feels Good Man," Looks Like a Fascinating Documentary
Matt Furie created a comic called, "Boy's Club," years ago. I actually reviewed the 3rd and 4th issues in 2011. It was a fun comic full of gross-out, "Stoner humor," which featured a character who was a frog. He was named Pepe. Over time Pepe the Frog became a meme online and then was weirdly taken-up by hate groups and became a symbol of racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and general terrible stuff. Furie was utterly shocked to see his innocent creation basically stolen and turned into something awful. He spoke out against this and went so far as to sue people who tried to profit off negative images of Pepe (e.g. selling products with Pepe he did not approve of featuring terrible imagery). It has been a surreal saga for Furie, and the documentary, "Feels Good Man," follows the whole strange story.
"Feels Good Man," premiered at Sundance in January of 2020, before the entire World fell apart (I vaguely remember the times before COVID-19) and received positive reviews. As a fan of Furie's work and someone who has followed the absurd usage of Pepe as a symbol of hate instead of fun, I am quite interested in watching this when it premieres--most likely on some streaming service or another.