A few years back some 4chan trolls added weight to a theory that the ‘OK’ hand sign is a symbol of white supremacy.
The unlikely idea surfaced again when the New Zealand terrorist flashed the sign during his court case.
Now we obviously cannot say for definite – but I’m going to hazard a guess and assume Stephen Fry is NOT a white supremacist.
However after the presenter shared a photo of himself to mark the start of Mental Heath Awareness Week, throwing up the signal, people began to pick it apart.
Are you A.O.K? Our friends @aok.kitchen are supporting @MindCharity this Mental Health Awareness Week, 13th – 19th May. Follow them to find out more. 👌#mentalhealthawarenessweek#MHAW19 pic.twitter.com/lpK03pcia8— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) May 13, 2019
And just like that, they’re off…
This…will not end well.— Pithy McTweet (@PithyMcTweet) May 13, 2019
Are you aware that this hand symbol can be misinterpreted as support for white supremacy?— 🌱Goblin (@VincentKonrad) May 13, 2019
Probably not the best gesture to use. Maybe someone should have told him.— Legalalien (@legalalien77) May 13, 2019
Didn’t have you down as part of the alt-right.— Neil (@neilrich75) May 13, 2019
The gesture has another meaning especially in the USA @stephenfry .— Dave the …….. (@Twitspice) May 13, 2019
Innocent mistake I know but a mistake all the same.
maybe rethink the gesture— Jacob Holman (@JacobLeigh) May 13, 2019
Obviously, Stephen Fry was having none of it as he refused to take the bait.
PS: I really will not allow the simple 👌 gesture to belong to the moronic dogwhistling catfishing foghorning frogmarching pigsticking dickwaving few who attempt to appropriate it for their own fatuous fantasies. T— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) May 13, 2019
It goes without saying that Fry is obviously promoting something vastly important with his post – and all the joking aside, that is what we should be focusing on.