Universal Studios Orlando sued for $30,000 after the photo showed the actor “flashing a white supremacist sign with two young girls” – The Sun
Two families sued the Universal Studios Orlando theme park for US$30,000 because a character allegedly flashed a white supremacist sign while posing for a photo with two young children.
The images from February and March 2019 seem to show the despicable my villain Glu making an “OK” gesture.
The logo has been adopted by white supremacist groups and was called a form of hate speech by the Anti-Defamation League in 2017.
One of the girls is said to be six years old, while the other is said to be five years old, Online mail report.
According to reports, these families are seeking more than $30,000 in compensation. WKMG-TV.
The lawsuit stated: “He publicly and targetedly showed them a well-known and commonly used symbol of hatred, demonstrating the power of white people.
“This white gesture of power has been publicly and widely used to express hatred against some people-based on a person’s race, skin color, and national origin, it has been generally and universally called a hatred symbol for many years.”
A picture from February 2019 seems to show the despicable me character gesturing.
A month later, it was reported that the 6-year-old child ran up to the actor and asked to take a photo with the character at breakfast.
He put his arms around the young girl, and he could see the sign above her shoulders.
The lawsuit alleges that the actors let the logo “hover”.
According to court documents, the child wanted to show the photo to her classmates, but her parents said she could not because “a man did a bad thing to her because he didn’t like her race and skin color.”
Both families sued the theme park, claiming that the girls “suffered mental pain, loss of dignity, humiliation, embarrassment and other emotional distress.”
The lawsuit stated that the handling of the character or the theme park “has not taken any measures to stop it and is responsible.”
A Universal Pictures spokesperson confirmed in October 2019 that the actor had been fired, but did not disclose the name of the employee.
Tom Schroeder told the Associated Press that what the actor “does” is “unacceptable.”