In today’s rush to condemn anyone for even the perception of thinking incorrectly, sometimes the simplest gesture can be radically misconstrued into monstrosity.
The latest example comes from Jeopardy! Winner Kelly Donohue, who was publicly blasted by people who insisted he had flashed a white power hand gesture on television. Hundreds of former contestants even demanded he apologize, the Hollywood Reporter wrote.
But Donohue isn’t some closet white supremacist who won three episodes of Jeopardy and was just waiting for his moment to send a signal to fellow white supremacists, the answer is much simpler and more obvious: He was holding up three fingers to signify how many games he had won.
But in today’s society, the simplest answer isn’t the one people immediately consider. Now, everything must somehow be a dark signal to right-wing extremism. One can clearly see in video of Donohue’s introduction that he is holding his thumb and index finger down while his middle, ring, and pinky fingers