This Hand Gesture Is Not Always ‘OK.’ It Depends on Intent, Culture


​A Universal Orlando actor dressed as the character Gru from the “Despicable Me” movies was fired last week for making a hand gesture that is used by white supremacists and other extremists and considered a symbol of hate.

The gesture in question was used during a photo with a black child at the park. The park employee formed an upside-down OK gesture with his fingers. The three fingers supposedly represent “w” for white and the OK circle for the top of “p” for power. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) recently added the symbol to its hate-symbols database.

The topic surfaced in a recent SHRM Connect discussion thread. An HR professional was on the phone when she was interrupted by an employee with a message. The HR professional flashed the OK…


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Credit to Kathy Gurchiek for the original post.

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