Despicable him! Universal Studios employee playing movie character Gru is fired for pulling a white power ‘OK’ sign while posing with black seven-year-old autistic girl
・Tiffiney and Richard Zinger took their daughter and son to Orlando in March
・Their plans included a breakfast with characters from Despicable Me
・Their daughter posed for a photo next to a man dressed as the kids’ movie’s main character Gru
・Months later, when reviewing their vacation photos, they saw that he’d made a hate sign with his hands
・The family complained to Universal and the employee has now been fired
・Do you know the identity of the Universal employee? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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These were particularly despicable crimes.
He’s a despicable human being!
It was despicable of her to lie about her friend.
A Universal Studios employee has been fired for pulling a white power ‘OK’ sign while posing with a black autistic seven-year-old girl for a photograph.
Tiffiney and Richard Zinger took their daughter and son to Orlando from Colorado, where they live, in March for a family trip.
One morning, they visited a hotel where characters from Despicable Me posed for children at a breakfast event.
They excitedly took their daughter, who is now seven, and son because they wanted them to ‘meet the minions,’ they said.
The two children posed for a photograph with two of the characters there but when the family reviewed the image months later, they noticed that the Gru character standing behind their daughter performed the hate gesture while resting his hand on her shoulder.
The employee has not been named. In the photograph, the couple’s son appears to be making the same symbol with his hand. It is unclear why.
The ‘OK’ symbol, as it is known, is a popular among white supremacists.
Shocked, the family watched video footage taken of the same incident to be sure it was not a mistake.
It showed the Gru character gesturing for their daughter to come and stand by his side and then him deliberately forming the sign with his hands.
The Zingers contacted Universal World and the employee who was in the suit has now been fired.
‘It’s more than the “OK” sign. A lot of people don’t understand what that sign means,’ Richard Zinger told USA Today.
‘I’ve been emotionally distraught about it. I’m still pretty upset that someone felt they needed to do this to children.
‘It can cause emotional stress on my child and her development,’ Tiffiney said.
She added that while the family was not interested in financial compensation, they have hired a lawyer because they wanted someone to be held accountable.
After weeks of trying to resolve the family’s grievance by giving them tickets to the resort, Universal fired the employee this week.
‘We never want our guests to experience what this family did. This is not acceptable and we are sorry – and we are taking steps to make sure nothing like this happens again.
‘We can’t discuss specifics about this incident, but we can confirm that the actor no longer works here. We remain in contact with the family and will work with them privately to make this right,’ a spokesman said.
The symbol was among those classified as hate gestures by the Anti Defamation League earlier this year.
Experts say white supremacists like to ‘sneak’ them into photos or contexts where they do not belong without anyone noticing.
Macmillan Dictionary によると ” extremely worried, upset, or confused “という風に記載されています。
The missing child’s distraught parents made an emotional appeal for information on TV.
Cambridge Dictionary によると ” money that is paid to someone in exchange for something that has been lost or damaged or for some problem: “という風に記載されていますね。
She received £40,000 in compensation for a lost eye.
You should claim/seek compensation.
She was awarded £2,000 compensation for her injuries.
Victims of the world’s largest industrial accident were paid $470 million compensation.
hold someone responsible/accountable (phrase)
Macmillan Dictionary によると ” to believe that someone is responsible for something “という風に記載されていますね。
Our board will hold me accountable if anything goes wrong.
Macmillan Dictionary によると ” a complaint about being treated in an unfair way “という風に記載されていますね。
Managers were presented with a long list of grievances.
A special committee investigates prisoners’ grievances.
Macmillan Dictionary によると ” the details of something “という風に記載されていますね。
The proposal lacked specifics.
We’ll leave the lawyers to deal with the specifics.
I can’t comment on the specifics of the case.
The specifics of the plan still have to be worked out.
To remain (verb)
Macmillan Dictionary によると ” to continue to be in a particular situation or condition “という風に記載されていますね。
The dictator has remained in power for over 20 years.
The economy remains fragile.
The doctor ordered him to remain in bed for a few days.
He remained silent.
It remains a secret.
To classify (verb)
Cambridge Dictionary によると ” to divide things or people into groups according to their type, or to say which group or type something or someone belongs to: “という風に記載されていますね。
The books in the library are classified by/according to subject.
Biologists classify animals and plants into different groups.
children who are classified as overweight
These cows are now classified as a rare breed.
最後に、内容が理解でき、新しい単語も知ることができたら、必ずCambridge Dictionaryか、Macmillan Dictionaryで例文を読むようにしてください。そして一番シンプルで、自分が日常使いしときやすそうなもをノートやスマホに書き溜めておいてください。そしてこれを移動中の時などに声に出して覚えることが本当に大事です！（電車では難しいので、僕はよく歩きますw）