ADL sparks backlash after adding ‘OK’ sign, ‘bowlcut,’ anti-antifa logo to ‘hate’ list


Bad news for fans of Mr. Spock, John Denver and Howard Wolowitz of “The Big Bang Theory”: The nerdy but lovable bowl haircut is now a symbol of hate, according to the Anti-Defamation League.

The human rights group announced Thursday the addition of 36 items to its “Hate on Display” database, including the “OK” hand symbol, anti-antifa logos and the “bowlcut,” bringing the total number of “calling cards of hate” to 214.

Why the bowl cut? The Anti-Defamation League said an image of the hairstyle “worn by white supremacist mass killer Dylann Roof,” who fatally shot nine black worshippers at a church, has become popular with white supremacists.

“Those who use the bowlcut image or other ‘bowl’ references admire Roof and call for others to emulate his 2015 mass shooting attack at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina,” the Anti-Defamation League said in its press release.

Many of the symbols and slogans on the hate list are obviously offensive, such as “burning Neo-Nazi symbols” and an anti-Semitic drawing called the “Happy Merchant,” which shows a Jewish man with “heavily stereotypical facial features” rubbing his hands together.

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