Universal Orlando Actor Fired For Flashing 'Hate Symbol' In Family Photo

A Universal Orlando Resort actor has been fired for flashing an “okay” hand gesture in a family’s photograph.

Orlando, FL – A Universal Orlando Resort actor has been fired for flashing an “okay” hand gesture in a family’s photograph while dressed as Gru from “Despicable Me.”

The photo was taken back in March, while Tiffiney Zinger and her family were attending a character breakfast even 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 Anti-Defamation League (ADL) added the “okay” hand gesture and 35 other images and slogans to its list of hate symbols in October.

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.

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

“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."

On Tuesday, a Universal Orlando Resort spokesperson confirmed that the actor seen in the photo has 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 has also offered the family free tickets and a gift card, according to the New York Daily News.

Comments (62)
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IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

While the symbol being racists is an example of liberalism run rampant, having the actor making any symbol (ok, circle game, grabbing themselves, whatever) while working while a family is taking a photo is wrong. Termination is appropriate, as the actor contributed to ruining the family's vacation experience.

Lesstalkmoreaction
Lesstalkmoreaction

Manufactured outrage.

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

Is there more to this? Why the heck is the little kid doing it too (in the following picture...)

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

Being offended seems to have been elevated to some kind of virtue these days. If there isn’t an insult in plain sight, then it is engineered by a media that operates on an assumption of public stupidity - and not without success.

Dontbuyit
Dontbuyit

Another fake outrage? How come no reply from the employee. If so many people need to be educated on this hijacked symbol(mire nonsense) why wasn’t it assumed the employee had good intentions? Maybe he should have been fired for holding the banana as maybe they should have been outraged over that symbol. Oh wait that’s just a fruit to those of us who dint support fake outrage. You as the parent just taught tour kids a lesson for sure. Nice job Mom and Dad!

DarrellWhitledge
DarrellWhitledge

Who is willing to bet that they will be settling out of court over this fake out rage

Sgt Rock
Sgt Rock

Looks like he even had a banana for the little...

Gramercy
Gramercy

Firstly, looks like the younger of the two boys is "flashing" the same signal!! You have got to be kidding! OK is OK to me, whatever color your skin is, and so it shall be. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!

Stanracer
Stanracer

Totally stupid. The employee should sue to get his(her?) job back.

Knight717
Knight717

That's not a hate symbol! It's a "I get to punch you in the arm for looking" symbol! 🤣 People are stupid.

50wt
50wt

What is wrong with you people? Some wing-nut group decides the ok symbol is racist and the whole world jumps on the bandwagon and has to change our way of life. Really? Grow a set of balls and don't give in the these wing-nuts, they are not doing anything you don't let them get away with, but you sure as hell don't have to encourage them.

Blue Ocean1
Blue Ocean1

Notice the little kid in front of Minion is flashing the "OK" symbol too!!! Family needs to discipline him too and teach him not to be a future racist. Too late..

Blue Ocean1
Blue Ocean1

By the way, every National and International Dive Organization teaches the "OKAY" signal to its students as part of underwater communications. Guess they are all racist organizations too. Can't wait to see how they fix this.

flybynight
flybynight

I'm outraged that their outraged!!!! And furthermore, I demand yes demand it stop NOW!!!!!

whippetmom
whippetmom

PC has gone totally crazy.. I would hate to have to use sing language, who knows what might happen

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Grow up, grow a set of balls, and realize that not everything these "alleged" champions for the common man, (SPLC), are nothing but hate mongering organizations themselves!!

Remember, not everything you read online is true! Unless of course it involves the Kardashians, then it's probably true.

flybynight
flybynight

Let's take the extreme to the extreme.............and fire the kid for being a kid🙄

Big Dollar
Big Dollar

Totally fake . The young child in the next photo has the same gesture. The parents have manufactured and through claiming this was a hate group shows who the real hate group is and should be charged for inciting possible hate related groups to rise up in support of there lie.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Snowflakes. I stopped reading after Zinger’s six-year-old daughter, who is biracial... know where this is going already.

adammcculler
adammcculler

Wasn't this months before some idiots decided it was a hate symbol? Wanker off Universal!!

MarineDoc
MarineDoc

“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." GROW UP SNOWFLAKES. THIS SYMBOL HAS BEEN USED FOR GENERATIONS AND NO ONE WAS OFFENDED THEN!

AppreciateU
AppreciateU

Stupidity at it's finest parents! I feel bad for children being raised by liberals who believe the idiotic News media. They've made it their mission to censor comedians, alter history & taken simply signs & made them hate crimes & scared the bejesus out kids with the climate hoax! It's absurd & pathetic what the liberals have done to our kids!! God help us! 🙏👌👌👌👌👌👌👌

CrackerEater
CrackerEater

Whites are haters! Period!