Universal Orlando Gru actor fired for making racist 'OK' hand gesture

Girl's parents say photo taken at character breakfast

ORLANDO, Fla. - A Universal Orlando actor who was dressed as the movie character Gru has been fired for making an "OK" hand gesture that has been designated a hate symbol used by white supremacists in a photo with a biracial girl.

Universal spokesman Tom Schroder on Wednesday confirmed to The Associated Press in an email that the unidentified actor no longer works for the company.

Schroder said what the actor did is unacceptable.

A photo shows the actor fully disguised as Gru from the "Despicable Me" movie franchise standing behind the girl with a hand making the "OK" gesture on her shoulder.

The photo was taken at a character breakfast.

The "OK" gesture was added last week to the Anti-Defamation League's online database of hate symbols.
 

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