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Universal Orlando Bans OK Sign After 'Despicable Me' Hate Crime Atrocity

Character from "Despicable Me" (Image credit Sonny Abesamis via Flickr)

Last week the Anti-Defamation League declared the OK sign a “hate symbol.” Back in the old days, that hand gesture just meant “I’m okay” or “Things are good” or “No, that outfit does not make you look fat” or some other positive message. But now that 4chan trolls have successfully hoaxed everybody, the OK sign now means “I am an evil Nazi racist and, even worse, I love Donald Trump.” It’s the worst gesture you can make. If you even think about letting the tip of your thumb touch the tip of your forefinger, you are a criminal and everybody hates you. Right, Barry?

Obama gives the OK sign

President Barack Obama flashes the OK sign to a joint session of Congress in the House chamber Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)

Now that the Hate Circle has been banned, it’s time to start punishing anybody who uses it at any time, for any reason. Thank goodness Universal Orlando is leading the way!

Adrianna Rodriguez, USA Today:

Tiffiney Zinger said it was painful telling her daughter she couldn’t use a family vacation photo for her second grade class project – the image was marred by what appeared to be a symbol of hate.

The photo shows the 6-year-old girl, who is biracial and has autism, posing with an actor dressed as the movie character Gru from “Despicable Me” during a Universal Orlando breakfast event attended by the Zinger family in March. The character formed an upside-down “OK” symbol with his fingers, recognized by some as a hate symbol, on the girl’s shoulder…

“We just wanted to take them to see the minions,” Tiffiney Zinger said. “Do something special for our family and this person ruined that special warm feeling.”

A Universal spokesman said in a statement:

We never want our guests to experience what this family did. This is not acceptable and we are sorry – and we are taking steps to make sure nothing like this happens again. We can’t discuss specifics about this incident, but we can confirm that the actor no longer works here. We remain in contact with the family and will work with them privately to make this right.

Here’s the evidence. WARNING: Looking directly at an OK sign made by anybody but Obama may be triggering.

“Universal* white supremacist hate sign.” That’s what the OK sign is now. If anybody tells you that this gesture can mean anything else, they’re gaslighting you like racists always do. That poor child’s vacation was ruined, and probably her entire life as well, because that hateful man made that malevolent gesture. I don’t even recognize what America has become. It’s literally impossible to overstate how serious this is.

Which hand gesture will become verboten next? The Babylon Bee recently presented a list of “Common Racist Hand Signals,” but that was satire. (Sorry, Snopes!) Maybe libs will ban the thumbs-up gesture next. After all, Trump does it all the time, and if somebody you don’t like makes a hand gesture, that means you can’t make the same hand gesture. That’s how it works.

Think about all the hatred encoded in the thumbs-up gesture. After all, when you’re subjugating an entire race of people, what are you doing? That’s right, you’re putting them under your… thumb! Making a fist with the thumb extended skyward is basically reminding POC that you’re oppressing them. So don’t do the thumbs-up sign anymore. You don’t want everybody to think you’re a racist, do you? 👎

*No pun intended. I think?