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A Family At Universal Studios Had Their Trip Ruined By A Character From ‘Despicable Me’ Who Flashed A White Power Symbol

It is no secret that white supremacists and racists the world over have felt emboldened, and even justified in their hatred, in the past few years. This has a direct relationship with the rise of populist far-right parties and governments in developed countries like Austria, Norway, France and, yes, the United States. There are numerous offspring of the KKK and neo-Nazis who use trolling as a weapon and spread their message of hate more openly now than any other point in time after World War II. 

The vitriolic language used by politicians and other public figures (vete al carajo, Milo!) has found an echo in thousands of individuals, mostly dudes to be honest, who now openly use white supremacists and xenophobic rhetoric. Overt and hidden racist statements have spread like a wild fire and minorities worldwide feel more at risk than a few years ago. Claiming the right to free speech they are emboldened and they are potentially dangerous, as recent terrorist attacks and mass shooting perpetrated by white extremists have demonstrated. 

A black family discovered the OK white power símbolo de mierda when looking at their family pictures in Universal Studios, Orlando.

Credit: Family photo shared by Richard Zinger

This seems to be a perfectly normal family photo with the characters from the Despicable Me franchise, right? Well, it isn’t. As Tiffiney and Richard Zinger, the parents of this 7-year-old girl found out, the photo is a traumatic reminder of the collective tragedy historically suffered by African-Americans in the United States, from their forced migration as slaves to recent police brutality against communities of color. 

Notice the cursed ???? symbol that Gru is doing.

Credit:Family photo shared by Richard Zinger 

The family was appalled to discover, months after their trip, this symbol of hate so close to their daughter, who is autistic. Universal Studios fired the despicable employee, but the damage has been done. The mother told The Daily Mail: “I’ve been emotionally distraught about it. 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 park offered its apologies and all, but it seemed too little too late. A spokesman said: “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. 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”.

We wonder how many more family photos worldwide feature the racist idiot ruining a happy moment in the vilest possible way. The family, it is important to clarify, is not seeking any financial compensation. 

The OK symbol is now officially related to hate speech according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). 

As BBC reported four days ago: “The finger-and-thumb gesture – which is also a popular emoji – is being used by some as a “sincere expression of white supremacy”, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)”. The sign has been around since it became a popular joke in the online platform 4chan (the cesspool of the Internet), where people said that basically anything could have a secret meaning. It then became more serious when fellow extremists used it to recognize each other. 

Racism mutates, like a virus, and experts believe that extremist symbols are created constantly.

“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,” said ADL boss Jonathan Greenblatt in an interview with BBC. As CNN reports, there is another hidden meaning in the OK symbol: “Why the “OK? sign? The general idea is that the looped and extended fingers resemble the letters W and P, standing for “white power””. 

Mass murderers have used the OK symbol as well.

This hijo de la chin… is accused of killing 51 people by shooting them in two mosques in New Zealand. The Australian national (whose name we won’t repeat because we don’t want to publicize his hateful crimes, which is what terrorists like him want) used the OK hand symbol when he was being photographed in court, flanked by police officers. 

And now even milk is a symbol of white supremacist pendejadas.

The seemingly innocent drink is now being used as a sign of white supremacy as well. The most logical explanation is that milk is pure white, like the racial wet dream of extremists. The other reason is that there is a myth, which has been debunked, that Western Europeans are the only ones who have the enzymes to process lactose. Seriously, WTF.

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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together

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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together

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Ben Affleck is opening up about the early 2000s when he and Jennifer Lopez were Hollywood’s It Couple. The duo–formerly known by the moniker “Bennifer”–captivated the world with their glamourous and somewhat surprising courtship.

But the relationship eventually unraveled under the intense pressure of public scrutiny.

In a recent podcast appearance, Affleck revealed just how terrible and racially-charged the criticism on their relationship was.

“People were so f–king mean about her,” he said on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. “Sexist, racist, ugly, vicious s–t was written about her in ways that if you wrote it now, you would literally be fired for saying those things you said.”

“At first At first it was like Dick and Liz [Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor], it was this sort of infatuation: ‘What an interesting couple‘. And then there was a ton of resentment. A ton of resentment against me, a ton of resentment against Jennifer.”

He went on to explain that what was so fascinating about the relationship to the general public–namely, how they had such vastly different backgrounds–wasn’t something he thought twice about.

Affleck went on to sing JLo’s praises, saying that she deserves all of the praise and adulation she now receives.

“Now it’s like, she’s lionized and respected for the work she did, where she came from, what she accomplished–as well she f**king should be!” he said.

“She was very much like the kind of girl I went to high school with,” he explained. “It was a very socioeconomically mixed, ethnically mixed place–those kinds of differences that just seem to shock America were meaningless to me.”

“I would say you have a better shot, coming from the Bronx, of ending up as like [Justice Sonia] Sotomayor on the Supreme Court than you do of having Jennifer Lopez’s career and being who she is at 50 years old today…just on a pure odds level.”

He concluded: “I never met anyone who worked harder than Jennifer Lopez.” On that, we can definitely agree.

Jennifer Lopez has also been candid about how traumatic the public response was back then to her relationship with Ben Affleck.

“I was eviscerated,” she told Vanity Fair in 2017 about the media coverage of her and Ben’s relationship we well as their much-maligned film, “Gigli”. “I lost my sense of self, questioned if I belonged in this business, thought maybe I did suck at everything. And my relationship [with Affleck] self-destructed in front of the entire world. It was a two-year thing for me until I picked myself up again.”

But now, it appears they’re both in happier places. Ben Affleck has two children with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner and JLo is happily engaged to Alex Rodriguez.

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Selena Gomez Is Holding Tech And Social Media Accountable After Trump Mob Shuts Down Congress

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Selena Gomez Is Holding Tech And Social Media Accountable After Trump Mob Shuts Down Congress

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A pro-Trump mob stormed Capitol Hill Jan. 6 following months of President Donald Trump and his allies attacking the 2020 elections. Selena Gomez, like most Americans horrified by the attack, spoke out on social media about what happened. She made it clear that part of this falls on tech companies and social media companies.

Selena Gomez called out social media and tech companies for enabling hateful rhetoric.

President Donald Trump and his supporters have used social media to spread misinformation since he was elected in 2016. Americans have watched as President Trump used Twitter to spread falsehoods and conspiracy theories. There have been so many debunked claims that President Trump and his allies have spread with no consequence.

Recently, Twitter started to flag some of President Trump’s tweets as disputed or misleading. It was the first time a social media platform did something that checked President Trump and his rhetoric.

People quickly came to Gomez’s side to uplift her statement.

President Trump has a long history of hateful and dangerous rhetoric on social media. He has misled her supporters with false statements and has incited violence. The president has defended white supremacists on multiple occasions and even retweeted a video of a man shouting white power.

Social media platforms are finally muzzling President Trump with bans and suspensions.

Twitter has put the president on a temporary suspension after he incited the crowd that breached Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg enhanced the original 24-hour ban to a indefinite ban that will last at least until President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. However, people think it is a little too late for these actions.

“Disinformation and extremism researchers have for years pointed to broader network-based exploitation of these platforms,” Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., said in a statement. “As I have continually said, these platforms have served as core organizing infrastructure for violent, far right groups and militia movements for several years now – helping them to recruit, organize, coordinate and in many cases (particularly with respect to YouTube) generate profits from their violent, extremist content.”

What happened Jan. 6 at the nation’s Capitol was avoidable, but it’s clear who incited this violence.

Congress has officially certified President-elect Biden’s win. What should have been a quick process to certify an election turned into a horrifying scene. It is a day that will always define President Trump’s legacy.

READ: Far-Right Trump Supporters Violently Storm The US Capitol Forcing Lockdown

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