Former Entertainment Tonight host Mary Hart is receiving backlash after some believed she flashed a ‘white power’ sign at President Trump’s Fourth of July event at Mount Rushmore.
Hart, 69, a former Miss South Dakota winner, made an appearance in her home state on Friday to host the Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration as Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived on Air Force One.
But Hart’s speculated use of a white power hand gesture left some audience members shocked and social media users outraged.
‘Thank you, incredible audience. You have been here for hours!’ said Hart, joining her thumbs and index fingers while stretching out her remaining three fingers.
The hand symbol, once harmless and typically meaning ‘OK’, was initially associated with ‘white power’ as an online joke, but has since been adopted by fringe racist figures.
‘By 2019, at least some white supremacists seem to have abandoned the ironic or satiric intent behind the original trolling campaign and used the symbol as a sincere expression of white supremacy’, according to The Anti-Defamation League.
A similar gesture is used in the so-called ‘circle game,’ in which the person making the gesture tries to trick someone into looking at it, and if successful gets to punch the onlooker in the arm.
However, the ambiguous nature of the gesture is part of the appeal to extremists.
Source: Daily Mail