Universal Orlando Worker Fired for Flashing White Pride Symbol

 

A Universal Orlando employee has been fired after he was caught on video flashing a white pride symbol.

According to USA Today, the employee was dressed as Gru from the "Despicable Me" movies when his right hand formed the upside down OK sign while on the shoulder of a six-year-old, biracial girl.

Tiffany Zinger says she spotted the incident while reviewing the photos after their August trip.

USA Today reports that a Universal spokesman issued this 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."

The incident happened a week after the New Zealand shooter,who killed 51 people in two Christchurch mosques in March, flashed the "OK" symbol during his court appearance.

The Anti-Defamation League added the hand gesture to their online database "Hate On Display"last week, which is a longstanding list that provides explanation for symbols memes and slogans that are frequently used by white supremacists and other hate groups.  

Image courtesy USA Today

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