Danger! contestant is forced to apologize and denies allegations that he flashed the three-fingered ‘white power’ symbol after winning the third game in a row
- ‘Danger!’ Participant Kelly Donohue has ‘unequivocally’ condemned white supremacy and racism
- Came after viewers accused him of flashing hand gesture that has become synonymous with white supremacist groups in Tuesday’s episode
- Donohue held up three fingers to form an “OK” sign that he held to his chest three times
- He previously held one and two fingers to his chest after his first and second wins
- Gesture classified as a symbol of hatred by the Anti-Defamation League in 2019
- “ I absolutely unequivocally condemn white supremacy and all forms of racism, ” said Donohue
Danger! Winner Kelly Donohue has said he is “ really shocked ” at claims he sent a white signal after winning his third straight match.
Donohue made the hand signal on Tuesday night’s show while extending three fingers and placing them across his chest, with many viewers interpreting it as a white supremacist hand gesture.
It came after he put a finger on his chest after his first win, and two on his torso after taking the win for the second day in a row.
“I am really shocked by what has been posted about me on social media,” Donohue wrote in a Facebook post denying claims of racism.
‘I absolutely unequivocally condemn white supremacy and all forms of racism. People who know me personally know that I am not a racist, but for the general public it must be repeated: I am not a racist and I reject and condemn white supremacy and all forms of bigotry for the evil they are.
‘Danger!’ Entrant Kelly Donohue has “unequivocally” condemned white supremacy and racism for being accused of making a racist gesture after flashing the OK sign. He said it simply represented the three daily wins he had
“I absolutely condemn white supremacy and all forms of racism,” Kelly Donohue wrote in a Facebook post after she was accused of making a racist gesture.
‘It’s a shame for me to think someone would try to stage’ Jeopardy! ‘To use. to promote or promote such a disgusting agenda. While recording my fourth episode, I just raised three fingers to mark my third win. There was nothing more I was trying to report, ”Donohue explained.
‘I deeply regret this terrible misunderstanding. I never meant to hurt a soul and I assure you I am not a friend of racists or white supremacists, ”his post continued.
“I hope my feelings about that are clear now,” he wrote.
Eagle-eyed viewers quickly noticed that Donohue’s gesture resembled that of a white power symbol.
Several screenshots of Donohue’s gesture also saw many on social media accuse him of making a racist gesture.
The hand gesture has been used by far-right groups to represent white supremacy, with the three fingers representing a ‘W’ and the index finger and thumb coming together to form a ‘P’ representing ‘White Power’. The motion was classified as a symbol of hatred by the Anti-Defamation League in 2019.
Donohue’s gesture saw him raise three fingers to form an ‘OK’ sign before tapping it three times against his chest.
“He held his thumb and forefinger together with his other three fingers outstretched with the palm facing in, and he tapped his chest,” explained an open letter from 450 former Jeopardy! Attendees.
“This, whether intentional or not, was very much like a gesture co-opted by white power groups, alt-right groups and an anti-government group calling itself the Three Percenters.”
Danger! has so far made no comment whatsoever on Donohue’s gesture that he claims was harmless
Donohue, first posted to Facebook Wednesday morning to clear the air
This hand gesture has been used by far-right groups to represent white supremacy, and the Anti-Defamation League classified it as an official symbol of hatred in 2019.
Regardless of his stated intent, the gesture is a racist dog whistle. Some of the first to notice this were not affiliated with Jeopardy! anyway – it was viewers who couldn’t believe what they saw, captured it on video and shared it on Twitter. Among them were people of color who, of course, tuned in to racist messages and didn’t appreciate the show’s allowing this symbol to be broadcast.
“His public Facebook profile also featured a cover photo of Frank Sinatra making a similar gesture,” the letter read. This was cleared or made private on Wednesday morning, along with hundreds of public comments on his few ‘Jeopardy! ‘- related posts.’
Who are the three percent?
The Three Percenters are a loosely organized movement that originated in 2008, according to the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish civil rights organization that tracks extremist groups.
On its website, the right-wing group says it is not an anti-government militia, but “we will defend ourselves if necessary.”
The Three Percenters takes its name from the belief that only 3% of the settlers rose up to fight the British. They have vowed to oppose any government that violates the US Constitution.
The Oregon Three Percenters joined an armed acquisition of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016.
Dozens of people have occupied the remote refuge for more than a month to protest federal control over Western countries.
The group also took part in a violent right-wing rally in Portland in 2019.