(Ezra Levant is in England covering Tommy Robinson's latest trial. David Menzies is guest hosting tonight...)
A picture of broadcaster Doug Glanville at a Chicago Cubs game has caused quite the fecal storm. Or more specifically, the fan visible in the grey Cubs sweatshirt, who is making the "OK" sign with his fingers.
Now I have a confession to make, which perhaps speaks of my ignorance on symbolism: I only recently learnt that the OK symbol is supposedly the living logo of the white supremacist movement.
Or so I’ve been told...
At a news conference, Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein said the team was able to determine the fan's name, and this individual will never be allowed to set foot within hallowed Wrigley Field ever again.
Now, don’t get me wrong. If you are a white supremacist – or if you are any kind of supremacist, for that matter – I have zero point zero tolerance or empathy for you.
But was flashing the timeless gesture known as the OK symbol truly an act of racism by that Cubs fan?
Much of the coverage by the mainstream media has bordered on the hysterical, but I came across a far more balanced piece in Yahoo.com that rightfully notes that the flashing of the OK gesture might be a bit more nuanced and complicated than one might think.
“As explained here by the Anti-Defamation league, that OK-style gesture was originally cast as a ‘white power’ symbol as a trolling hoax by some associated with the alt-right movement. The idea: lots of people make ‘OK’ symbols on camera and, if enough people believed it actually meant ‘white power,’ people who are not engaging in racist behavior would be accused of doing so, thereby undermining legitimate claims of racism as liberal hysteria or people crying wolf.”
But that was one balanced article out of many.
If one takes their talking points from the rest of the mainstream media, it would appear that the OK symbol is already verboten, right up there with the Heil Hitler salute. Indeed, some media outlets actually censored the man’s hand entirely with a blue dot, which kinda puts the OK gesture in the same ballpark as that infamous prophet Mohammed caricature.
What's next? How many of us have ordered a pizza from an independent pizzeria and had it delivered in a box featuring that iconic illustration of a chubby, winking chef displaying the OK gesture?
Does the state of Oklahoma still use the slogan, “Oklahoma is OK” on its licence plates...?
Furthermore, I urge Major League Baseball to come up with a more suitable letter to denote a strikeout. The current letter is "K." What happens when three consecutive "K"s are displayed, hmmm...?
There’s one other issue to address when it comes to “OK-Gate”, and that is this thorny issue of crime and punishment. Even though the Cubs are "investigating" the incident, they have already announced the penalty – namely, a lifetime ban for the fan – prior to even beginning the investigation.
We give second chances to murderers.
But commit a perceived thought crime? That’s unforgivable...
NEXT: I talk to Aaron Gunn of BC Proud, about the decision to remove a sculpture of British Columbia's infamous "hanging judge" from the lobby of the Law Society.