Enraged Family Calls Out A Universal Studios Character After He Made the "OK" Signal

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Enraged Family Calls Out A Universal Studios Character After He Made the "OK" Signal


Tiffiney and Richard Zinger were fuming when a Universal Studios mascot, Gru from the movie Despicable Me, made an “ok” white power symbol on their six-year-old daughter’s shoulder, writes Jacob Geanous of the UK’s highest-circulating newspaper Metro. The family failed to notice the symbol at first. 

They noticed the “ok” symbol, a gesture recognized by some as a hate symbol, after they reviewed the photos and videos from a Universal Orlando breakfast event in March. A week prior to the incident, the New Zealand mass shooter who killed 51 people at two Christchurch Mosques showed the “ok” symbol when he appeared in court. The three fingers represent “W,” while the thumb and forefinger depict the letter “P.” Overall, the gesture stands for  “white power.” 



Photo Credit: USA Today (via YouTube)


The Zingers tell internationally-distributed American newspaper USA Today that they were unsure whether or not the Universal Studios employee’s hand action was deliberate, according to Adrianna Rodriguez. The couple found a video taken at the same time as their other photos, confirming their fears. 

In the video, their daughter is walking towards the Gru mascot, gesturing her to stand beside him. The mascot places his hand on her shoulder. Then, his forefinger and thumb formed an “ok” symbol. The Zingers’ two-year-old son is also posed next to a minion. 



Photo Credit: USA Today (via YouTube)


Now, the Zinger family only sees the symbol. To them, it no longer depicts a happy family vacation or their daughter wanting to meet the characters from her favorite movie. To them, the pictures are “marred by hate.” 

Richard comments, “I just want somebody to take responsibility for it because nobody is taking responsibility for anything.” Likewise, Tiffiney asserts, “I want to cause change. I hope this doesn’t happen to another family again, and I pray that this doesn’t happen to another kid.” Universal Studios fired the employee as well as issued a statement saying that they are in contact with the Zingers and will collaborate with them to “make this right.” 




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