Second Family Accuses Universal Orlando Actor Of Making 'Racist' Hand Gesture

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Two families have filed complaints accusing Universal Orlando theme park of discrimination.

Orlando, FL – Two families have filed complaints accusing Universal Orlando theme park of discrimination after they discovered photographs of a costumed resort actor making an “OK” hand gesture while posing with their children.

It is unclear whether the individual, who is dressed as Gru from “Despicable Me,” is the same person, the New York Daily News reported.

One resort actor was fired after news of the first family’s photo broke in October of 2019.

That photo was taken back in March of that year, while Tiffiney Zinger and her family were attending a character breakfast event on their trip to Universal Orlando, USA Today reported.

Zinger’s six-year-old daughter, who is biracial, stood beside Gru for the shot, while her little brother posed with a Minion next to them, according to the New York Daily News.

It wasn’t until several months later that Zinger realized that the character actor had been flashing an “okay” hand gesture over her daughter’s shoulder when the photo was taken.

The family also had a 29-second video clip of the incident.

“I’ve been emotionally distraught about it. I’m still pretty upset that someone felt they needed to do this to children,” Tiffiney told USA Today. “It can cause emotional stress on my child and her development.”

“It’s more than the ‘OK’ sign,” added her husband, Richard Zinger. “A lot of people don’t understand what that sign means.”

The Zingers reached out to Universal Orlando after they spotted the hand gesture in their family photo in August of 2019.

“I want to cause change," Tiffiney told USA Today. "I hope this doesn't happen to another family again, and I pray that this doesn't happen to another kid."

A Universal Orlando Resort spokesperson later confirmed that the actor seen in the photo had been fired.

"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,” the spokesperson told USA Today. “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 resort also offered the family free tickets and a gift card, according to the New York Daily News.

After news of the Zinger family photo broke, a Hispanic family in Florida began digging through photos of their Universal Orlando trip and found a picture of an actor dressed as Gru posing beside their five-year-old daughter, the New York Daily News reported.

Gru was flashing an “OK” hand gesture in the image, which was taken in February of 2019.

The families have accused Universal Orlando of public accommodation discrimination and filed formal complaints with the Florida Commission on Human Relations, the New York Daily News reported.

Attorney Lisa Riddle, who is representing both families, said that they may choose to sue the theme park if the commission determines there is reasonable cause based on their complaints.

“Universal has refused to give us any information as to the identity of the Gru character they allegedly dismissed despite our numerous requests for such,” Riddle told the New York Daily News.

Riddle said that they are determined to “identify the costumed character” and that they also want to uncover “what hiring, training and supervising shortfalls led to this.”

“Kids run up to these dressed characters with joyous abandon,” the attorney declared. “To know that the people behind the costumes harbor hate towards certain children because of their race is heartbreaking.”

"Universal should have the proper hiring, training and supervision in place to prevent what happened to these young girls,” Riddle added.

Making an "okay" sign below waist level is part of a viral trend known as the "circle game." The game is popular in the military and among schoolchildren where people lose if they look at the okay sign.

Military cadets were recently accused of making a racist hand gesture, and an investigation determined that they were playing the circle game.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) added the “okay” hand gesture and 35 other images and slogans to its list of hate symbols in October of 2019.

The myth that the okay sign actually means "white power" was started by internet trolls on 4chan, an anonymous message board, in February of 2017, the ADL previously said.

“We must flood twitter and other social media websites with spam, claiming that the OK hand sign is a symbol of white supremacy,” the anonymous poster wrote, according to the civil rights organization. “Leftists have dug so deep down into their lunacy. We must force [them] to dig more, until the rest of society ain’t going anywhere near that s--t.”

Users encouraged people to perpetuate the hoax using hashtags such as #PowerHandPrivilege and #NotOkay, created fake social media and email accounts, and bombarded journalists and civil rights organizations with the misinformation.

But in 2019, the hand gesture “was being used in some circles as a sincere expression of white supremacy,” the ADL said in a press release.

“Even as extremists continue to use symbols that may be years or decades old, they regularly create new symbols, memes and slogans to express their hateful sentiments,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in the release.

“We believe law enforcement and the public needs to be fully informed about the meaning of these images, which can serve as a first warning sign to the presence of haters in a community or school,” Greenblatt added.

Comments (55)
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RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

And today’s winner of the ghetto lottery is ....

johnnycab23513
johnnycab23513

This is no more a racist hand gesture than gay is a pervert or progressive describes democrats! The gesture a d words are much older and have been in common use since before being misappropriated for immoral groups and activities!

Just my opinion
Just my opinion

Seriously? The kid had no idea what the character was doing. He didn’t do anything in my opinion. The ridiculous mother is making a big deal out of nothing!

Revfrankel
Revfrankel

And the only person that actually worked out of these two families got fired. Bernie will make it right. Free amusement park passes for all minorities.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

This is still stupid. The family didn't realize it until months later. The employee who committed the gestures has already been fired (and rightfully so). Universal confirmed it already.

They have absolutely no reason for a lawsuit, but I can see their attorney asking for a ghetto lottery check in hopes that universal will pay them to just go away. Even the blatantly false accusations she is making only serves to cause negative PR, to help bolster her case for a ghetto lottery check to be cut.

I can see that Universal did fail to train their staff not to display any hand gestures that could be interpreted by the ignorant public as racist. And they didn't expressly train them to not play the circle game while the family was taking pictures. But to be clear, despite what the attorney is insinuating (again, for negative PR toward Universal and to convince them to write a bigger check), nothing was done to these girls, they suffered no damages, and nothing could have been done to prevent this, other than not hiring an immature character actor and having a crystal ball that would have predicted him acting stupidly.

flybynight
flybynight

I'm sure there's a racist 👌under 👌every 👌 rock. /sarc

LivesMatter
LivesMatter

I had to see a few photos of 'under duress' to get the idea. Crossing fingers, giving the finger, rock music devil horns...signs for duress but not only for duress. No one can -claim- a gesture. Its enough to make Buckwheat roll in his grave.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Fuck PC and idiots like the ones making the complaint.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

The incidents took place on Feb. 16, 2019, and March 23, 2019.

Both families have filed formal complaints with the Florida Commission on Human Relations, charging the theme park with with public accommodation discrimination, a violation of Florida state law.

Based upon the picture, it is obviously a video by someone who does not know to film with their phone turned landscape mode. Where is the video? I can't find it.

Another site says,

Now, the same attorney representing Zinger says a second family has reported an identical incident.

The attorney says that in the latest photo, a 5-year-old Hispanic girl is seen posing with the same character, Felonious Gru, who once again flashes the okay sign.

The two photos were taken early last year, about three months apart.

PS:

Obama invites 'Black Power' protesters to White House Olympic ceremony

Snowflakes and attorney scum are everywhere...

DocCharlie91
DocCharlie91

Looks and sounds totally stupid.

Mama1959
Mama1959

'Kids run up to these dresses characters with joyous abandon'.
It's only the parents stupid remarks that make these moments unhappy.

Ladytiel
Ladytiel

So strange that a hand sign, meant okay years ago, is now considered to be a racist movement. People who use this sign now can be fired and labeled a racist. Wow

Ladytiel
Ladytiel

Our Constitution has been changed. The Second Amendment grant people the right of free speech, and so on. However, if you call a person by the wrong gender, say the wrong thing, or make the okay sign, you can be fired for doing so. Furthermore, how long will it be when before jail time is added?

ShadowGryphon
ShadowGryphon

I still find it hilarious how 4chan can totally clown the leftists and their minions.
Blithering idiots, the lot of them.

sizzle937
sizzle937

I’m 72 I first remember the circle game in sixth grade after moving to Denver that would make it 1959
Dad was in the Air Force by the time I finished high school I lived in Oregon Colorado Arizona and Hawaii.
It was played in all those states
As for 👌I watched Buckwheat doing that since 53

I find it hard to believe anyone at least doesn’t know and understand the OK SIGN

Raymelson
Raymelson

Can anyone explain to me how an okay hand sing is racist it's been used every since I can remember especially on constitution jobs so are these snow flakes offended by everything or do they cry wolf for the love of free money

Stanracer
Stanracer

This whole issue is just stupid and should go away.

ScoutLeduxStarr
ScoutLeduxStarr

Get a life, what are we going to affended about today...make up crap to get 5 mins. Of fame. Is it cause depend down you are ashamed of your bi-racial kid...

justhefactsmaam
justhefactsmaam

Why don't these worthless click bait writers understand that this was a hoax. This was a bunch of BS made up by a group a teenagers that posted it on chatboards for months. Then some no load cant c*nt reporter picked it up and ran with it as fact. Two years later, more lazy wannabe whorennalists keep running with it.... it's pathetic

Asher 21
Asher 21

🖖 I guess the next time I post the " live long and prosper" hand sign I will be a communist, radical, and anti-American.

CrowWingKid
CrowWingKid

🖕You haters and especially those parents. You should be embarrassed for being so stupid. Instead you lookin for a Disney lottery check. What a shame 🖕

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

The country has gone COMPLETELY BONKERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

61mouse
61mouse

Hummmm but yet all the NBA players will make that sign when they make a 3 point basket 🤔🤔🤔

Trish633
Trish633

OMG people will get suits for absolutely anything. I mean one lady went back and looked thru pictures . How ridiculous. I am sure that little hand signal meant nothing but the employee was fired all yo prevent a lawsuit

Marine.001
Marine.001

Once again overreacting. If the moron did it than yes fire him or her but like the picture in the above comment...it’s getting ridiculous. U can’t say ok to anyone who is not white. So obama is a black panther and Bush is a devil worshiper. F that, u f-ing MORONS!

Marine.001
Marine.001

👌👌👌👌👌 I’m a racist now,
Not
🌈👬🦩 now I’m gay, not
🥉🏆 now everybody should get an award or medal for playing, not.
🤟🏽👺👹😈 so now I’m a devil worshiper, not
🥖 now I hate the French...well that’s true
✊🏿💪so now I’m into black power and The Panthers, not
We are becoming a country full of pussys!!!! Oh no did I say pussy, can’t believe he said that.
Well here u go
Retard, fag, moron, stupid, MANHOLE (for u Stanford idiots), bitch, cunt and all the other words we are not suppose to say...you bunch of MORONS!!!!

Goldbear5
Goldbear5

Give me a break! They are always looking for an excuse to
sue, sue, sue! The smell of money!!!

Blmatter
Blmatter

Give me a break
Your only looking for the easy way to cash in

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Don't forget that the media has a narrative to sell you. As such, they only give you part of the story. If that means cropping out other details, so be it...

bill fuse
bill fuse

As a Christian, I am offended by the Devil Horns hand gesture.... so where can I sue the devil at(?) or the Texas Longhorns student section.... /s

Gramercy
Gramercy

This is just a bit too much for me...hand gestures, law suits, suggesting that mere children "know" meanings of ANY hand "signals....well, maybe they DO know OK, since it has been around forever! We divers, seniors, see no problem with that. Get real! Everyone "makes statements" some oral, some gestured....so be it...we are individuals not automatons!


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