A few days ago, Marine Le Pen took a selfie, posing with the “OK” gesture and didn’t know that it had a dark meaning. “I’d never heard of the second meaning of this trivial gesture,” she said.
The sign can mean “troll the media”, OK, or ruffle feathers from many murderers. But it’s known as the white power symbol to many (WP). The three fingers – middle, ring, and pinkie – represents the letter “W” and the thumb, index finger, and the palm under the thumb stands for “P”. It got its name when a suspect of the Christchurch killings gestured with it and attracted many people’s attention afterward the suspect’s arrest.
Many people in the world take it offensive or racist. This is the reason why some people are accused of being racist when using the gesture just to say “OK.” There were many people who were banned or suspended from their jobs due to the white power symbol. A US coast guard suspended a member for forming the alleged symbol. Four police were also suspended for posing the sign in a photo.
Others troll on social media using the sign and posing with it. It all started in February 2017 when a 4channer group announced “Operation O-KKK … We must flood Twitter and other social media websites … claiming that the “OK” hand sign is a symbol of white supremacy.” They created spam accounts and messaged people the OK hoax. Their plan became successful in late April. People started to pose with the gesture to help spread the hoax.
Young boys use the gesture in the Circle Game. It’s when they try to make their victim look at them with the gesture below their waist. If they do fall for the trick, their friend lightly, hopefully lightly, punches them.
Today, the “OK” gesture is the reason why people still are accused of being racist, suspended, troll, and punch.