I thought you could have a point until I saw the picture, Ask any three year old their age and you'll see the difference between "holding up three fingers" and what this guy is doing.White people in America have to be careful about what they do with their hands while in public due to mass paranoia and mental illness.
500 former Jeopardy contestants signing an open letter to condemn the fact that a white male held up three fingers on camera (to signify that he had won three games) because it looked like the 'OK' sign is off-the-charts paranoia. They've ruined his Jeopardy experience of course, because now it will always be tied to unfounded "white supremacy" allegations, but they don't care about that. If it had been found out that he had been a member of or donated money to a white supremacist group then that would be one thing,at least there would have been evidence behind their claims, but his only "crime" was holding up three fingers on camera.or if he had pulled out a white hood and put it on while the camera was on him,
Winthrop man denies making racist hand gesture on ‘Jeopardy!’ after 500-plus former contestants sign open letter"I’m truly horrified with what has been posted about me on social media."
A key line from the 'open letter': "We cannot stand up for hate. We cannot stand next to hate. We cannot stand onstage with something that looks like hate." Something that looks like hate. Also "we hope to see changes made so that future mistakes of this magnitude never make it on air" -- this magnitude. I don't know if the people who signed the letter knew exactly what they were signing, I assume they did (if it's even genuine, numerous news sites have reported on it but none of the sites seem to have attempted to verify that the 500 contestants adding their name to the letter is real), but whoever wrote the letter and apparently asked former contestants to sign it is a basket case.
And with all that being said, I have zero respect for this guy for coming out and "apologizing" for the gesture. The only way to deal with these people is never to apologize for anything. A stony silence would be preferable to genuflecting before the mob.
I wrote the following post as Turbanus.cro in July 2019, it was tongue in cheek and hyperbolic but obviously there was a ring of truth to it so I'm going to paste it here:
"Imagine being too afraid to lift your arm upright, your own limb which belongs to you. That you could lose your career or have the police at your door for being caught with your arm upright
Similar to how some kooks over in the USA were freaking out recently about the 'OK' sign, claiming that it was a secret symbol for 'white power'. Even if it was what they claimed it to be, it's someone else's hand and they can make a circle with their thumb and forefinger if they choose. Imagine thinking you have some control over what other people do with their arms and fingers
And imagine policing yourself and being self-conscious about what height you lift your arm to, just in case someone sees you and thinks you're saluting Hitler
But only if you're white, that is. It's preferable to have you like a prisoner in your own body where even your body language and movement of your arms and fingers is constantly monitored
21st century society is 24/7 White Man Bootcamp. Atten hut! "