Universal Studios bans 4 tourists for making white supremacy signs and Nazi salutes on roller coaster ride in Orlando

The group of four was pictured making the controversial hand gestures while riding the ‘Revenge of the Mummy’ attraction at the park on August 18

Universal Studios bans 4 tourists for making white supremacy signs and Nazi salutes on roller coaster ride in Orlando
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ORLANDO, FLORIDA: Universal Studios in Orlando has reportedly barred four people from its premises after they were photographed making Nazi salutes and white supremacy signs while on a roller coaster ride in the amusement park. 

The group of four was caught on camera showing the controversial hand gestures while riding the "Revenge of the Mummy" attraction at the park on Sunday, August 18.

According to reports, Sunday was one of the park's Passholder Appreciation Days and the particular picture was posted to the Passholder group's Facebook page. The image was then shared on Reddit and multiple other social media sites, including Twitter.

Meanwhile, the people in the picture have not yet been identified.

In the photo, two men and two women can be seen making the Nazi salute with one arm and making the 'OK' hand gesture with another.

The signs assume significance especially at a time when the latter is increasingly being linked with white supremacist groups.

The gesture was reportedly used in a trolling campaign by controversial website 4Chan, who claimed that the W-P shape made by the hand while making the 'OK' gesture meant White Power.

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The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has said that the sign has since been appropriated by actual supremacists.

Recently the New Zealand mosque shooter was also pictured making the same controversial sign during his first court appearance after he gunned down dozens of people.

Orlando, Florida, United States - July 02, 2011. Universal Studios globe sign at entrance. (Getty Images)

Shortly after the image began doing the rounds of social media, multiple users denounced Universal Studios and asked it to take action against the group of four.

The picture was reportedly removed from the group by Monday, according to the Daily Mail

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Universal also released a statement, suggesting that they had removed the controversial pictures and had banned the people from coming back to the park.

"Hate has no place here --- and we have no tolerance for any display of hatred within our destination," Universal said in their statement.

"We stand for diversity, inclusion, and respect. This photo is appalling and we pulled it from our Facebook page as soon as we became aware of it. Any Guest using hate speech or displaying hate symbols will be immediately removed from our destination and not allowed to return."

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