It isn’t WP for White Power, it is WO for Whaleoil

The NZ Herald has fallen for a 4Chan hoax, along with numerous other media:

A former White House intern is coming under fire after flashing a known “white power” sign during a photo-op with President Donald Trump.

Jack Breuer, who graduated from Emory University in Atlanta this year, is clearly bucking orders ? personally given by the president ? to give a thumbs-up in the picture that was taken in the White House in November.

While the other hundred or so interns smile and follow Trump’s command, Breuer, a dentist’s son who grew up in Chicago’s western suburbs, stands stony-faced giving the “OK” sign that has been linked with far-right groups, according to the?Daily Mail.

It is the same sign that white nationalist Richard Spencer gave on the steps of the Trump International Hotel on election night and that right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos posed with in front of the White House.

It was also seen at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August – the same day an alleged Nazi sympathiser accelerated his car into anti-protesters, killing one and injuring several others.

All those surrounding Breuer on the right side of the picture are using their left hands to give their thumbs-up, with him standing out by using his right hand.

The gesture – which only makes sense if made with the right hand, although there are examples of people making it with their left hand – is said to depict the letter “W” with the outstretched middle, ring and little fingers, and a “P” with the circle made by the thumb and forefinger stretching down to the wrist. Together “WP” stands for White Power.

Breuer, who is in his early 20s, did not respond to’s attempts to reach him. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Breuer’s controversial stand was only spotted when other interns were mailed the picture from the White House earlier this month ? just in time for Christmas.

“Context is everything,” one fellow intern told “Jack is pictured with President Trump, one of the most controversial leaders we’ve had.

“It is a distinct symbol known in alt-right circles and what makes it worse is that he is doing it in the East Room just below the portrait of George Washington.”

Context is indeed everything. Here is the real context…buried under all that anti-Trump rhetoric:

Donald Trump making the WO symbol

The OK hand signal has gained popularity as it mimics one of Trump’s favorite signs. The president regularly uses the OK sign when making speeches, however he does not generally stretch his three fingers out to form the ‘W.’

The sign has gained popularity among the so-called alt-right. Writers Jim Hoft and Lucien Wintrich of the extremist Gateway Pundit posed at the podium of the White House Briefing Room making the sign ? although Wintrich used his left hand, destroying its significance.

The cartoon character Pepe the Frog, a meme among the alt-right has also used the signal.

However the Anti Defamation League ? which lists Pepe as racist ? says the OK sign is a hoax and should not be considered a signal of the white supremacy.

The ADL says the sign started as a hoax on the Internet discussion board 4chan where a user posted a message saying ‘we must flood Twitter and other social media websites?claiming that the OK hand sign is a symbol of white supremacy.’

He then added: “Leftists have dug so deep down into their lunacy,’ wrote the poster, ‘We must force [them] to dig more, until the rest of society ain’t going anywhere near that s***.”

A hoax maybe…and a stupid one, because there is no way that the symbol looks like a WP for White Power, it certainly does look like a WO for WhaleOil though.

I think we shall adopt this symbol for WO…and shall henceforth try to get this sign into photos, media opportunities and a method of showing solidariddy with WhaleOilers.

Nige has sent in this pic:

Feel free to add your own snaps showing the use of the new approved WO hand signal…now we can all be like the Masons. Bonus points if you can get it in the background of media stand-ups or the like.


-NZ Herald