I think this search for hidden meaning in how people hold their fingers is silly. But, can anyone explain it to me?
I doubt it. You've decided that it's a 'search for hidden meaning in how people hold their fingers' and I doubt anything anyone says will convince you otherwise.
It makes me uncomforatable that now Hightor and Izzy are searching for boogie men using little clues on how people hold their fingers.
Once again you're just imposing your own interpretation on something I've posted. The gesture is used around the world to represent many different ideas.
I use the gesture myself when someone does a good job or shows that they understand instructions.
Only mentally disturbed radical leftists think this hand signal exists.
In response to this response I posted an article from the Independent (UK)
that describes one
of the uses that people have found for this symbol. I'm decidedly not
digging around to see who may have been caught making the gesture and imputing Nazi affiliation. As I said, I use the gesture myself. As "OK" it's part of our culture. And someone could hold his fingers that way completely unconsciously and not be suggesting any meaning at all.
This is the 21st century version of what happened with Joseph McCarthy in the 1950s.
It really isn't. No one will be arrested for making this gesture, no one will be persecuted, no one's life will be ruined, no blacklist will ensue. The people sitting with Roger Stone belong to the Proud Boys. The fact that they're all sitting down and posing doesn't look like they're playing the "circle game". They're not indicating "OK". They are making a statement of solidarity with the goals of their organization. Do you know who Brenton Tarrant is? He is not playing the "circle game", he's making a gesture of defiance.
The "OK" hand gesture, commonly seen as a way of indicating that all is well, has now been classified as something else: a symbol of hate.
On Thursday, the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights organization, added 36 symbols to its "Hate on Display" database including the index finger-to-thumb sign that in some corners of the Internet has become associated with white supremacy and the far right.
Oren Segal, director of the ADL's Center on Extremism, told NPR that for years on fringe online message boards such as 4chan and 8chan, the "OK" sign has been deployed in memes and other images promoting hate. Given the number of white supremacists who have adopted it, he said it can now carry a nefarious message.
"Context is always key," Segal said. "More people than not will use the OK symbol as just 'OK.' But in those cases where there's more underlining meaning, I think it's important for people to understand that it could be used, and is being used, for hate as well."
According to the website Know Your Meme, as a prank, 4chan users in 2017 launched a campaign to flood social media with posts linking the "OK" hand gesture to the white power movement. Commenters on the message board appropriated images of people posing in the White House and other locations making the hand symbol as proof that it was catching on.
Segal said that while many of those images were misconstrued by users on the online message boards, the number of people espousing hate while using the gesture has grown so widespread that it can no longer be considered a prank.
Segal pointed to the suspected white supremacist in Christchurch, New Zealand, accused of killing 51 worshippers at two mosques in March, who flashed the "OK" hand gesture during an initial court appearance.
"Over the past couple years, we've seen that the hoax was essentially successful in being applied by actual white supremacists," Segal said.
"In many ways, they took what was a trolling effort and added it to their list of symbols," he added.