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'Ok' gesture added to list of hate signs

The “Ok” gesture, which is extremely popular all over the world (and especially among the diving community), has been added to the list of hate signs by the Jewish organisation Anti-Defamation League (ADL). As you can see by the calendars, today is not the first of April, and the whole thing is quite serious, as
Published: September 29, 2019 - 21:06
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 18:36
‘Ok’ gesture added to list of hate signs

The “Ok” gesture, which is extremely popular all over the world (and especially among the diving community), has been added to the list of hate signs by the Jewish organisation Anti-Defamation League (ADL). As you can see by the calendars, today is not the first of April, and the whole thing is quite serious, as reported by the BBC in England.

The ADL classified the gesture as a symbol of hate because, according to its representatives, it is used by circles that use it as “an honest expression of white supremacy”. The gesture was thus added to a list created in 2000 that already includes signs such as the swastika and the Ku Klux Klan’s burning sign.

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“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 chief Jonathan Greenblatt.

The ADL says the “Ok” sign has become a popular trolling tactic used by “right-wing individuals who often post photos on social media depicting themselves making the gesture”.

It all started with an online prank on 4Chan – making an innocent gesture and pretending there was a hidden meaning behind it, hoping to lead the media and left-wing circles to outrage. However, the joke was so successful and widespread that many believe the “Ok” sign is changing its meaning.

What will be born out of this madness we will see in some time, meanwhile the choice of whether or not to use the “Ok” sign during a dive is left to the private discretion of each of you.

Good night and good luck.

Source: bbc.com

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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