Paula Pell talks real-life inspo for Amy Poehler-directed “Wine Country,” possible plans for more movies

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Colleen Hayes(NEW YORK) — Have you ever looked at your friends after a particularly crazy time together and thought, “This should be a movie”? Well, the ladies of Wine Country  thought it — and then they actually went and made the movie.

The Netflix film, Amy Poehler’s directorial debut, stars SNL alums and longtime pals Poehler, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, Maya Rudolph, Emily Spivey and Tina Fey. The film is based on a real-life trip they all took for Dratch’s 50th birthday.

“So many hilarious things [happened] and just the time spent was so funny and so touching and great that first time that it was already kind of discussed like, ‘This should be a movie,’” Pell, a writer on SNL from 1995 to 2013, tells ABC Radio.

Thanks to Poehler’s production company and a green light from Netflix, they were able to make their movie idea a reality. Many real-life details from that initial girls’ trip and subsequent getaways even made it into the script — including a hilarious scene where Pell’s character buys all the ladies their very own, um, sex toys.

Next up, the women are planning another trip to belatedly celebrate the 56-year-old Pell’s 50th birthday. So, will they be mining that trip for sequel material?

“Well, we keep saying we just want Netflix to allow us to do, like, every other year, another Wine Country-type movie where we’re somewhere else,” Pell says. “You know, we’re on a cruise or we’re in Hawaii or we’re in… We just want free travel, let’s just face it.”

Wine Country is now streaming on Netflix.

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US deporting more and more people to Eritrea — a country it says tortures and kills its citizens

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NatanaelGinting/iStock(WASHINGTON) — As the U.S. remains locked in a debate over asylum seekers from Central America, lawyers and advocacy groups say they are seeing an alarming uptick in deportations to the African nation of Eritrea — a country that President Donald Trump’s government acknowledges arbitrarily imprisons and tortures its own citizens.

The plight of Eritrean refugees, while relatively small, strikes at the heart of the ongoing dispute in America over who is entitled to seek refuge within its borders, and what to do with people who are already here.

Eritreans in the U.S. whose bids for asylum have been denied say they fear that deportations are akin to a death sentence, immigration attorneys told ABC News.

Last year, Zeresenay Ermias Testfatsion, a 34-year-old Eritrean whose asylum claim was rejected, was found dead in a shower area at a detention holding area during a layover at Cairo’s international airport en route to East Africa. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said his death was an “apparent suicide.”

“He explained to the U.S. government, if he gets deported, the Eritrean government will imprison him and torture him, all that kind of stuff,” his close friend in the Washington area, Tesfom Debesai, told ABC News. “If he went back to this country, something was going to happen to him.”

President Trump has primarily focused on migrants and asylum-seekers from Central America, which advocates say deflect attention from the plight of Africans and others seeking refuge in the United States.

“I think certainly on the ground, we see all the communities in our state and folks who we serve across the board … impacted by administration policies,” Tim Warden-Hertz, an attorney at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Seattle, told ABC News

Eritrea’s authoritarian government tortures, forcibly disappears, and indefinitely detains its citizens, who lack an array of civil rights and freedoms, according to the State Department’s 2018 report on human rights in the country. Human rights groups say it also uses extortion and threats of violence to compel its nationals residing abroad to pay a 2 percent income tax before they can obtain basic services.

Nearly half a million Eritreans have fled in recent years, with many of them escaping indefinite military service that the United Nations has said amounts to mass enslavement, and tight restrictions on leaving. Some have made their way to ports of entry on the United States’ southern border with Mexico and claimed asylum — only to have American immigration courts deny them refuge.

Eritrea, which borders Ethiopia, Djibouti and Sudan in the Horn of Africa, has for years refused to provide U.S. immigration authorities with the documents needed to repatriate Eritreans, and those who are denied asylum can end up in a state of limbo.

To force Eritrea’s hand, in September 2017, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it would stop issuing a wide range of U.S. visas to Eritreans. Since then, the number of Eritreans deported has spiked by over 50 percent, an increase ICE has attributed to the heightened pressure.

The U.S. deported about 62 Eritreans in the year since the sanctions announcement, and an ICE spokesperson told ABC News that at least a dozen more people have been deported since October.

The America Team for Displaced Eritreans, an advocacy group, told ABC News that, over the years, it had tracked scores of cases of Eritreans fighting to stay in the United States. As of last month, there were 936 Eritreans in the U.S. who had been ordered deported but who were not detained, including 147 convicted criminals, according to an ICE official.

As the United States pushes to accelerate deportations, several immigration attorneys who work with Eritreans told ABC News that individuals who go before U.S. immigration judges without a legal assistance might struggle to counter claims that the human rights situation in their home country has improved. There is no guarantee to a lawyer in U.S. immigration courts.

“That is the climate that we are living in, especially under the Trump administration,” said one immigration attorney, who requested anonymity out of fear of reprisal from Eritrea. “I’m seeing just the craziest arguments being made — decisions, rulings that place people’s lives in danger.”

The Eritrean embassy in Washington did not respond to multiple requests for comment, and the State Department referred questions about Eritrea’s cooperation with the U.S. to ICE. The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees ICE, also referred questions to the agency.

The brother of one Eritrean man facing deportation, who requested anonymity for fear of retaliation by Eritrean and American authorities, told ABC News that he worries that if his brother is forced to return home, he will never see him again.

His brother had been conscripted into the country’s notorious “national service” and was tortured repeatedly after refusing an order to shoot at someone who was trying to escape. He escaped across the border to Sudan and eventually made his way to a port of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border in 2016, but his asylum claim was later denied. He is now being held in ICE detention.

“In the past, he was going in and out… of the prison. And got tortured, got beaten up,” he said of his brother. “But this time, he will not make it out (of Eritrea) alive.”
 
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‘MacGyver’ gets renewed for season four; producer Henry Winkler says the cast is “wonderful to watch”

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Meredith Eaton, Lucas Till/Photo: Jace Downs/CBS ©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved (LOS ANGELES) — The reboot of MacGyver is still going strong for CBS. The network announced Thursday that the action show and Madam Secretary, along with the military dramas SEAL Team and three other reboots — S.W.A.T., Magnum P.I. and Hawaii Five-0 — have all been given the go-ahead for the 2019-2020 season.

TV icon Henry Winkler is a producer of MacGyver — both the reboot and the original series —  and he says that for him, watching the cast come together as a unit has been the most rewarding part of it.

X-Men movie veteran Lucas Till stars as MacGyver on the show, about a band of do-gooders who work for a secretive spy agency called the Phoenix Foundation. The cast also includes Tristin Mays, Justin Hires, new castmember Levy Tran and Meredith Eaton.

Winkler told ABC Radio, “What is really wonderful is to watch the cast of MacGyver from the first year to this past year — how they all grew up, and took the bull by the horns. And every one of them has grown, exponentially, you know, just a producer watching them.”

Eaton, the four-foot-tall actress who broke out as attorney Bethany Horowitz in the series Boston Legal, plays Matty Webber, the head of the foundation. Winkler singles her out for special praise.

“Meredith…who took over [the role of] the boss woman — Is she not a revelation?!” Winker gushes. “Funny, tough: She’s great!” 

CBS previously renewed the comedies Mom, Young Sheldon and God Friended Me, along with the dramas Criminal Minds, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Blue Bloods, for the upcoming season, as well as the freshman series FBI and The Neighborhood.

The third season finale of MacGyver airs tonight at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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Princes William and Harry, Kate and Meghan launch new project together

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Paul Ellis – WPA Pool /Getty Images(LONDON) — Prince William and Kate and new parents Prince Harry and Meghan teamed up to launch a new project inspired by their work on mental health.

The royal “Fab Four,” as the in-laws are known, launched Shout, a free text messaging service that offers 24/7 support for people struggling with mental health issues, on Friday.

“Texting is private and silent. It opens up a whole new way to find help. It provides instant support,” Prince William said in a video about the initiative. “You can have a conversation anywhere and any time, at school, at home on the bus, anywhere.”

“I am incredibly excited to be launching this service knowing it has the potential to reach thousands of vulnerable people every day,” he added.

Princes William and Harry have focused in recent years on reducing the stigma around mental health issues. Part of that work has included speaking out about their own struggles after the death of their mother, Princess Diana, in 1997.

“I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions when all sorts of grief and sort of lies and misconceptions and everything are coming to you from every angle,” Harry said in 2017, crediting William with encouraging him to seek out mental health support.

William and Harry joined with Kate in 2016 to launch Heads Together, an initiative to change the conversation on mental health.

Prince Harry, who served in the British Army, has focused on mental health for veterans, while William has focused on young men and fathers and Kate on young people, including bringing the Heads Together initiative to schools.

Their new Shout initiative is a partnership with the U.S.-based Crisis Text Line.

In the U.S., users can text Home to 741741 to receive immediate support. Users in the U.K. can text Shout to 85258.

William, Kate, Harry and Meghan began meeting with volunteers for Shout as far back as last November.

“Over the last few months, Shout has started working quietly behind the scenes,” William said. “Harry, Meghan, Catherine and I have been able to see the service working up close and are very excited for its future.”
 
He added, “We wanted to do our bit to make it easier for people to start to get the help they need. And, crucially, we wanted to back new innovative ways for people to have conversations wherever they are, at whatever time they need someone to talk to.”

The public launch of Shout was announced just a few days after Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and Harry welcomed their first child, a son they named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Harry and Meghan, who now live in Windsor, and William and Kate, who live in London at Kensington Palace, split their royal households earlier this year, but all four remain partners in their charitable initiative, The Royal Foundation.

Shout is a national service in the U.K. supported by The Royal Foundation. The service is powered by volunteers trained to “create a safe space for people experiencing mental health challenges,” according to Kensington Palace.

The royals are hoping to grow the volunteer force from its current size of 1,000 to 4,000 by the end of the year.

“At the heart of this service will be an incredible national volunteer community, one which needs to grow to allow us to support more people in crisis,” the two couples said in a statement. “We hope that many more of you will join us and be part of something very special.”

If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741-741. You can reach Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860 (U.S.) or 877-330-6366 (Canada) and The Trevor Project at 866-488-7386.

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Ellen DeGeneres on ending her talk show: “I’ll walk away when I stop having fun”

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ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(LOS ANGELES) — Ellen DeGeneres is a fixture on daytime TV, but she says the day she finally ends her show, it’ll be either because she’s stopped having fun, or because people are just plain sick of her.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight on Wednesday, Ellen explained that she’ll know when to hang it up “when people kind of are tired of me, and I think I’ll sense that.”

But she then added, “You know, I’ll walk away, really, when I stop having fun. I actually don’t care about the rest of the people. If I’m having fun and no one’s watching, I don’t care. But if I’m not having fun and everyone’s watching, then I should walk away.”

Meanwhile, Ellen recently returned to standup with her Netflix comedy special Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable, which is streaming now.  But as she told ET, she “almost gave the money back [to Netflix] twice” before she did it.

“I made the deal before I had anything to say. And then, once I made the deal, I panicked,” she admitted.  She says it took her “like a year and a half” to finally come up with the material.

“And then, all of a sudden, it all hit me. I was like, ‘Oh my God, I have something to say!'” she recalled. “And the name [of the special] came to me and the whole thing. But it was scary as hell.”

 

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Starz announces that ‘Power’ will end with season six, but spin-offs possible

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Courtesy of STARZStarz’ hit series Power is officially coming to an end.

The network announced on Thursday that 50 Cent’s hit crime drama will conclude with its upcoming sixth season. The series, co-created by Courtney Kemp, will end with an extended 15-episode season which will premiere on Sunday, August 15.

Titled “The Final Betrayal,” the upcoming season is described as “a heightened and unpredictable journey” that will “raise the stakes yet again.” 50 Cent will make his directorial debut in the third episode. He will be joined by Emmy Award-winner Anthony Hemingway, who will return to direct the season’s finale.

Although it’s the end of the series, Starz promises that this won’t be the end of the “Power universe.”

“We will follow some of your beloved Power characters beyond the scope of the initial series,” said executive producer Courtney A. Kemp in a statement. “But we will play with your expectations of which characters, where, and the master timeline of it all, creating a Power universe as unpredictable as the original.”

The new season is said to pick up where season five left off, with James “Ghost” St. Patrick seeking revenge on his former drug partner and friend who betrayed him.

Power stars Omari Hardwick, Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton, Joseph Sikora, Rotimi and La La Anthony.

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Mom who nearly died after childbirth has a message for moms this Mother’s Day

Courtesy Alia McCants(NEW YORK) — Mother’s Day is always a special celebration for Alia McCants, not only because she is the mom of twin 4-year-olds but also because becoming a mom nearly cost McCants her life.

McCants, 35, was close to becoming a statistic in what has become an alarming trend in the U.S., woman dying during and after childbirth, often in instances that could have been prevented.

In the case of McCants, she safely delivered her twin children, a girl, Aria, and a boy, Carter, via C-section on Dec. 11, 2014, in a New York City hospital.

Nine days after the twins’ birth, she was home taking care of her newborns with her husband, Chris, when she began bleeding profusely.

McCants’ husband rushed her to an emergency room where, after she passed out, doctors determined she was hemorrhaging. She ultimately had a dilation and curettage (D&C), a procedure women often have to have after a miscarriage, to remove tissue from inside the uterus.

In McCants’ case, doctors told her a part of her placenta that should have been removed had been left inside her uterus during her C-section.

“The doctor who delivered our twins was in our doctor’s practice but not someone we had met before,” said McCants, who now lives in White Plains, New York. “I remember having real hesitation around having a C-section.”

“I remember the way I felt and the way I think the doctor treated me was kind of like, ‘You’re not a good mother if you don’t have a C-section,’” she recalled. “I definitely felt dehumanized by it, like I was the vehicle for two people to come into the world but that vehicle didn’t have a personhood attached to it.”

“The reason [doctors] had to save my life was because they put it in jeopardy to begin with,” McCants said.

McCants said she was so traumatized by the event that it was only months later that she began to put pieces of her near-death experience together on her own, like remembering a doctor coming in overnight during her original post-delivery hospital stay and removing blood clots.

McCants, who is black, also did not realize she had been a lucky survivor of the maternal mortality crisis in the U.S., a crisis that disproportionately impacts black women.

“I didn’t know it was a thing until it happened to me and even then I didn’t realize it,” she said. “It just felt like a unique experience that happened to me and it wasn’t until longer that I realized I was part of a trend.”

It was not until Serena Williams opened up last year about her own harrowing medical ordeal after delivering her first child that McCants realized she was not alone and that she too was ready to speak out.

In recent weeks, Beyonce has also opened up about the complications she experienced while giving birth to her twins, saying, “I had high blood pressure. I developed toxemia, preeclampsia, and in the womb, one of my babies’ heartbeats paused a few times, so I had to get an emergency C-section.”

“I saw that there were so many other stories out there that it became hard to avoid them and I started recognizing [maternal mortality] as a term,” McCants said. “I saw that it’s not just me.”

Women helping women as they face alarming statistics

McCants is now a volunteer advocate with MomsRising, an advocacy organization founded by moms.

Like McCants, MomsRising also saw Serena Wililams sharing her story — she told Vogue she diagnosed her own pulmonary embolism, among other complications, and informed her doctors — as a watershed moment, according to Monifa Bandele, senior vice president of MomsRising

“It was finally our ability to say, ‘Look, here’s probably the most influential black woman in the country, she’s wealthy, she’s all the things we’re told you have to be to avoid negative outcomes, and it happened,'” Bandele said. “This storytelling that’s coming up from black women is what’s pushing this issue into the national discourse.”

It was Bandele who helped put the issue of maternal mortality even more in the spotlight when she asked Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren about the crisis last month at the “She the People” presidential forum.

Warren unveiled her plan at the forum, passionately proposing that if health systems are able to reduce the disparities found in maternal death rates for women of color and increase survival rates, they will “earn a bonus.”

If not, according to her proposal, “money will be taken away from them.” Warren went on to detail her plan in an Essence magazine op-ed.

Two of Warren’s Senate colleagues and 2020 opponents, Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Cory Booker, have also released plans to address the maternal mortality rates of black women. Harris also introduced a resolution to designate April 11 – 17 as Black Maternal Health Week, in an effort to raise awareness of the issues pregnant black women face in this country.

Black mothers with advanced professional degrees, such as a master’s degree or higher, have a greater chance of infant mortality compared to white women whose highest education level is the eighth grade, according to a 2016 study by the Brookings Institution.

A report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also found “persistent racial disparities.” Black, American Indian and Alaska native women were about three times as likely to die from a pregnancy-related causes as white women, the data found. However, most deaths were preventable, regardless of race or ethnicity.

Pregnancy-related deaths are defined as the death of a woman during pregnancy or within a year of pregnancy from pregnancy complication, a chain of events initiated by pregnancy or the aggravation of an unrelated condition by the physiologic effects of pregnancy, according to the CDC.

Advocates say they are hopeful to change those statistics with women leading the way, at both the federal and local levels. In Congress, where a record number of women were elected in 2018, two female lawmakers created the first-ever Black Maternal Health Caucus last month to address the epidemic of black women dying in pregnancy-related deaths.

Freshman Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., and Rep. Alma Adams, D-N.C., launched the caucus with the support of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance (BMMA) that was formed by moms in 2015.

“Our slogan is to listen to black women, trust black women and invest in black women and if you do all of these things, we definitely believe that the issue can be solved,” said the alliance’s co-director, Angela Doyinsola Aina. “I think what has really propelled women is that numbers [statistics] don’t lie.”

Five solutions for women by women

The three women ABC News’ Good Morning America spoke with all said they want women to be aware of the issue of maternal mortality, but not afraid to have children. They also want women to know the onus is not on them, but on the health care system to change.

Here are their five things they want women, and officials, to know.

1. Know the statistics:

Women should not be burdened by the alarming statistics around maternal mortality, both Bandele and Aina say, but they should be aware of them in order to prepare themselves for the best possible outcome.

McCants, the mom of twins, for example, said she found out after her delivery that the hospital where she gave birth had high rates of both C-sections and maternal mortality.

“I wish I had known that before and I would do more research next time on the hospital so I can make an informed decision,” she said. “We need to see what the trends are, things like who the high-performing doctors are, how many patients are suffering hemorrhages.”

2. Recruit a childbirth advocate:

McCants, who underwent a C-section despite hoping for a vaginal birth, said she knows now that, “I needed someone to be as forceful for me [in the delivery room] as the doctor was being.”

“The doctor is the expert but they are also a human and flawed and with bias,” she said, noting that she wishes she had prepared herself and her husband better for the need to self-advocate.

Part of the work of advocacy groups like MomsRising and Black Mamas Matter Alliance is to prepare women to advocate for themselves throughout their pregnancies and deliveries, and to provide doula support for women where possible.

3. Hospitals need to invest in racial bias training:

McCants also wishes the staff at the hospital where she gave birth, and all medical professionals, had undergone the same amount of racial bias training she has had to as an educator.

“I think it’s easier to dehumanize a black woman than a woman who shares the same identity as my doctor, who was a white woman,” she said. “Would they have listened to me more or treated more carefully if I wasn’t a black person? I’m sure it’s never just one thing but those are the things I think of.”

4. Women need to be ‘in the driver’s seat’:

Groups like MomsRising and Black Mamas Matter Alliance were founded by women for a reason. They want women, who are the ones impacted by maternal mortality, to be the ones guiding the strategy on how best to help women.

“We need to value the work that is being led by black women, both at the national and local levels, and to invest in this work because we’re going to do this work in a culturally congruent and comprehensive way that is going to be actually receptive to our communities,” said Aina, of Black Mamas Matter Alliance.

“We see this train moving and have to make sure we’re in the driver’s seat because that’s the way we’re going to get solutions,” added Bandele of MomsRising. “It’s not just representation but it’s having that firsthand knowledge of what the experience is.”

5. Invest in women’s health from birth on:

The CDC report released this week determined that each pregnancy-related death was associated with several contributing factors, including lack of access to appropriate and high-quality care, missed or delayed diagnoses and lack of knowledge among patients and providers around warning signs. The majority of the deaths, no matter when they occurred, could have been prevented by addressing the factors at multiple levels.

“We always tell women that you’re not alone and anything that is going wrong or not according to plan is not because there are personal failings, but that we have widespread problems in our health care system,” said Bandele.

Aina called maternal mortality the “low-hanging fruit” of a larger women’s health crisis.

“If we did more around really promoting women’s health and investing in it form the time they are girls to old age, we will definitely help solve the maternal mortality issue,” she said.

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Chicago Cubs ban fan who made seemingly offensive hand gesture on TV broadcast

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smontgom65/iStock(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Cubs have indefinitely banned a man from Wrigley Field after the individual was caught on camera this week appearing to make an offensive hand gesture, the team announced.

The incident took place during the NBC Sports Chicago broadcast of the Cubs’ May 7 game against the Miami Marlins. A man in a Cubs sweatshirt sitting behind the booth where NBC Sports Chicago analyst Doug Glanville was speaking on camera was observed making an upside-down OK gesture with his hand, which is construed by many as a white supremacist symbol.

Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said in a statement Wednesday that the team reviewed the broadcast and “concluded this individual’s actions violated the Guest Code of Conduct.” Kenney said the team was unable to reach the unnamed individual by phone but sent him a letter stating that he would “not be permitted on the grounds of Wrigley Field or other ticketed areas indefinitely.”

He added that the man could be prosecuted for criminal trespass if he attempts to re-enter Wrigley Field.

Theo Epstein, the Cubs’ president of baseball operations, called the fan’s actions “truly disgusting” and said it “gave [him] shivers to watch” the incident.

“I think, appropriately, we’ve made clear how egregious and unacceptable that behavior is, and there’s no place for it in our society, in baseball, and certainly no place at Wrigley Field,” Epstein said.

Kevin Cross, senior vice president and general manager for NBC Sports Chicago, said in a statement Wednesday that the fan’s behavior was “reprehensible” and said that it did not “represent the great Cubs fans of our city and those around the country.”

Glanville, a former Major League Baseball outfielder who played two stints for the Cubs, said he found out about the gesture after the end of his segment.

“I applaud the responsiveness of both the Chicago Cubs organization and NBC Sports in investigating this matter,” Glanville said in a statement. “They have reached out to me and are supportive of my role in the broadcast and continue to have a desire to uphold an inclusive environment at Wrigley Field. They have displayed sensitivity as to how the implications of this would affect me as a person of color.”

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said that while the hand gesture is usually associated with the word “okay,” members of the website 4chan created a hoax in 2017 that claimed the gesture represented the letters W and P for “white power,” hoping that “the media and liberals would overreact by condemning a common image as white supremacist.”

For a time, the symbol was a “popular trolling tactic”, but the ADL says that by 2019 it had also become “a sincere expression of white supremacy.” The Southern Poverty Law Center also noted that “a number of alt-right figures” had been photographed using the symbol before the 4chan hoax.

ADL officials said that the gesture can still be used to mean “okay” and for other contexts, including for the “circle game,” where participants attempt to trick others into looking at a similar gesture below one’s waist, and as a symbol for the Three Percenter movement, a pro gun rights militia group.

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