V for Vendetta actor Stephen Fry has been accused of being a white supremacist after he used the “okay sign” to promote mental health awareness.

Fry, who played Gordon Dietrich in V for Vendetta, took to Twitter on Monday morning to help support Mind Charity for Mental Health Awareness Week. While encouraging his followers to follow Mind Charity to find out more about them, he included a photo of himself using the “okay symbol.”

Fry was quickly accused of being a white supremacist on Twitter.

Fry would fire back at those trying to claim that the “okay symbol” is a white supremacist symbol. He would write, “PS: I really will not allow the simple πŸ‘Œ gesture to belong to the moronic dogwhistling catfishing foghorning frogmarching pigsticking dickwaving few who attempt to appropriate it for their own fatuous fantasies.”

Fry is just the latest to be find himself embroiled in a controversy surrounding the “Okay symbol.” Mortal Kombat 11 changed Johnny Cage’s use of the “Okay” sign to a middle finger. Mortal Kombat developer Daanish Syed indicated the change was made because of “Nazis.”

Blizzard also reportedly banned the use of the symbol in their Overwatch League Arena claiming the “okay sign” was a “white power symbol.” That decision would be praised by TheScore Esport’s Daniel Rosen who claimed, ” The β€˜Okay’ hand gesture is a f****** white supremacist thing now. Don’t be mad at Blizzard for banning it. Be mad at white supremacists for taking an innocent thing and ruining it.”

The Anti-Defamation League is pretty clear on the use of the symbol describing it as a “nearly universal hand gesture” that is “completely innocuous.”

“The β€˜OK’ gesture is a nearly universal hand gesture and most usage of it is completely innocuous. Even when used as described here, the fact that white supremacists, the alt lite and many Trump supporters all use the symbol means that one cannot assume that anyone who poses with such a gesture is intending or exhibiting an association with white supremacy.”

Fry recently provided voice work alongside Hugh Jackman in Missing Link. He gave voice to Lord Piggot-Dunceby.

What do you make of the people accusing Stephen Fry of white supremacy? What do you think about his response to those accusations?

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