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Universal Orlando Fires 'Despicable Me' Actor for Hand Gesture

Universal Orlando Fires 'Despicable Me' Actor for Hand Gesture
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By    |   Wednesday, 02 October 2019 02:22 PM

Universal Orlando Resort in Florida has fired a person playing a character from the movie "Despicable Me" after he made the upside-down "OK" hand gesture, which has been associated with white power movements, in a picture with a biracial 6-year-old girl. 

“It’s more than the ‘OK’ sign,” the child's father, Richard Zinger, told USA Today. “A lot of people don’t understand what that sign means.”

Tiffany Zinger, the girl's mother, said she is worried about how the picture will affect her daughter, who has autism. 

"I've been emotionally distraught about it," she said. "I'm still pretty upset that someone felt they needed to do this to children. It can cause emotional stress on my child and her development."

The couple said they contacted Universal after discovering the picture in mid-August. They did not hear anything for a month but then were offered free tickets and a gift card. 

The girl's mother said she hopes the gesture does not happen to another family or child again. 

On Tuesday, a spokesperson for Universal Orlando Resort apologized and said the actor was fired after the parents complained. 

"We never want our guests to experience what this family did. This is not acceptable and we are sorry," the spokesperson told USA Today.

The couple said they didn't notice at first the hand gesture, but saw it when they were sorting through vacation pictures in August. They also reviewed videos from the vacation, which show their daughter standing in front of the actor as he placed his hand making the symbol on her shoulder. Their two-year-old son is also in the photograph. 

The Anti-Defamation League added the symbol to its online “Hate on Display” online database in September. 

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Universal Orlando Resort in Florida has fired a person playing a character from the movie "Despicable Me" after he made the upside-down "OK" hand gesture, which has been associated with white power movements, in a picture with a biracial 6-year-old girl. 
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