Moar at link
The Trump Internet Keeps Making Fake Hate Symbols, And People Keep Falling For It
The latest: the universal “OK” hand sign, which two pro-Trump writers made at the White House on Friday.
A Feb. 28 thread on 4chans /pol/ board, a hub of alt-right trolling and discussion, titled Operation O-KKK has gained quite a bit of progress, stated, Our goal is to convince people on twitter that the ‘ok’ hand sign has been co-opted by neo-nazis. A thread on the same board from Saturday titled We successfully false flagged, with an image of The Independent’s story, reads: HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAH THESE F*CKING RETARDS FALL FOR IT EVERY TIME.
There was a troll meme going around saying that it meant white power, Fairbanks told BuzzFeed News. But it was a joke because Trump supporters are always being called Nazis even when it isn’t true.
Cernovich, meanwhile, told BuzzFeed News that the OK sign began as a reference to another popular internet conspiracy theory. “Jay Z would do it... illuminati,” Cernovich said, referencing a conspiracy theory that grew partially around a hand gesture oft-used by Jay Z. “So we f*cked around and started doing it and it just became this huge thing.”
This pattern which has also included attempts by /pol/ and similar internet communities to turn milk (the dairy cow-produced beverage) and a cartoon dove made popular on Thai Facebook into white power symbols most likely started with Pepe, the notorious cartoon frog. A kind of mascot for the meme-savvy Trump internet, Pepe was designated a hate symbol by the ADL in September, and the Clinton campaign subsequently added a Pepe explainer to its website. The move angered Pepes creator, the comic book artist Matt Furie, who told PRI at the time its swift inclusion into the database is an attempt to add legitimacy to Hillary Clinton’s false claim that Pepe’s image is ‘almost entirely co-opted by the white supremacists.’”