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Published on Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Universal Orlando sued for actor's white supremacy gesture

Universal Orlando is facing a joint lawsuit over character photo ops which left two families 'embarrassed and humiliated.'

Two young girls separately posed for photos with an actor wearing the Gru character costume (from the movie Despicable Me).

As the photos were taken the actor made a white supremacist hand gesture.

The "OK" hand gesture has been deemed a racist 'hate' symbol by the American Anti-Defamation League.

The two incidents took place on different dates in early 2019.

Universal confirmed the actor was fired in 2019 but it has refused to name the worker, the families say.

The families are claiming the girls - aged 5 and 6 at the time - suffered mental anguish, loss of dignity, humiliation, embarrassment and emotional distress.

The lawsuit claims Universal Orlando violated the Florida Civil Rights Act.

They are seeking damages of more than $30,000.


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  • I blame the parents...

    "What's the sign that Gru is making [in the photo] Mummy?"
    "It means 'OK' darling" => Complain to Universal => Employee gets sacked.
    If kids that age are even aware of what that gesture means, it's the parents that told them and contextualised it for them. If they are 'anguished' by it, then the parents are responsible for that anguish. They are in effect, abusing their kids for profit.

    By ex Severn, Friday, July 16, 2021

  • Really

    Age 5 and 6 loss of mental anguish,etc. Total BS. Parents looking for $$. Shame on the lawyer who took that case. Look for the employee and hang him but Universal did nothing wrong.

    By Alan Nichols, Tuesday, July 13, 2021

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