The U. S. Coast Guard “removed” a member of the Hurricane Florence response team on Friday after he made an “OK” hand gesture on live television that the agency deemed “offensive.”
The U. S. Coast Guard says that it “removed” a member of the Hurricane Florence response team Friday after an “OK” hand gesture on live TV that the service branch is considered to be “offensive.”
The unidentified team member was caught at the look in the camera and then quickly making the hand gesture, that a backlash on the social media.
The hand signal was seen in the background of MSNBC’s live interview with the Sector Charleston Commander, Captain John Reed, who is providing an update of the actions taken by the coast guard in response to Hurricane Florence.
Well, that was about as subtle as a train wreck, on a boat.
— Michael Ⓜ️ (@michaelschweitz) September 14, 2018
Many social media users called for the firing of the individual, accusing him of creating a so-called “white power” hate-symbol.
The agency immediately responded to the indictment and the distance from the controversy.
We are aware of the offensive video on twitter – the coast guard has determined that the member and removed him from the response. His actions do not reflect those of the United States Coast Guard.
— U. S. Coast Guard (@USCG) on September 15, 2018
“We are aware of the offensive video on twitter – the coast guard has determined that the member and removed him from the response. His actions do not reflect those of the United States Coast Guard,” the agency tweeted.
The Guard is now investigating the case. In a statement, the agency said the incident was a “frustrating distraction” to the middle of the dangerous storm, which is poised to affect more than 10 million people this week in the Southeast.
There are at least four dead since the storm reached the coast on Friday morning, according to officials.
“This is a nasty distraction for the coast guard, during our hurricane response. This person is removed from the response pending an investigation. These types of actions are not a reflection of the core values of the coast guard.”
– U. S. Coast Guard
There is no clear consensus or the “OK” hand gesture is a hate-symbol. While it has been adopted by some marginal far-right figures, it has also often used by many Trump supporters.
The Anti-Defamation League noted that the “OK” gesture is not a hate symbol. “The simple thumb-and-forefinger” OK ” hand gesture has become a white supremacist hand sign? Well, no, not yet, but you’re likely to hear is the exact opposite of the social media, thanks to the latest hoax of the members of the infamous website 4chan,” read a message from the anti-racism group.
SOCIAL MEDIA USERS FALSELY ACCUSING EX-TRUMP CIVIL SERVANT OF MAKING “WHITE POWER” GESTURE WITH KAVANAUGH HEAR
Earlier this month, liberal activists accused of being a Jewish-Mexican former Trump administration official, Zina Gelman Bash, from the creation of the “white power” hand gesture during the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, in which different descriptions of her as a “neo-Nazi” or “white supremacist.”
The AMERICAN Attorney John Bash, her husband, defended Bash: “today’s attacks on my wife are repulsive. Everyone tweet this cruel conspiracy theory should be ashamed of themselves. We were not yet familiar with the hateful symbol is awarded to her for any way she rested her hand during a long hearing,” it tweeted, to note that Bash’s grandparents are Holocaust survivors.
Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @LukasMikelionis.