Last week, we reported that the “OK” symbol has been deemed a symbol of white supremacy and it would seem that companies are now taking that to heart.
Fox News reports that a character actor at the Universal Studios Orlando theme park has been fired after vacation photos show him making and upside down “OK” symbol in photos with a seven-year-old child.
The parents of the child were not happy:
“We just wanted to take them to see the Minions,” Tiffiney Zinger told the newspaper, referring to the popular, pill-shaped henchmen in the “Despicable Me” films. “Do something special for our family. And this person ruined that special warm feeling.”
The couple dug deeper and found a video taken of the moment the photo was taken. The 29-second clip shows the actor placing his hand behind the girl’s shoulder and curling his right thumb and index finger to make the “OK” symbol.
“It’s more than the “OK” sign,” Richard Zinger said. “A lot of people don’t understand what that sign means.”
A spokesperson for Universal Orlando also told USA Today that the actor was fired for unacceptable behavior.
“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,” he said in a statement. “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.”
A family is upset after a Universal park character used the ‘OK’ symbol in daughter’s picture >> https://t.co/i5o4RyC46J
The Anti-Defamation League announced in September that it is a racist symbol in some contexts. pic.twitter.com/OJK0eagpvO
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