An actor playing a character from the movie "Despicable Me" is out of a job after posing for a photo with a controversial hand gesture.
Tiffiney Zinger, who is black, and her husband Richard Zinger, traveled with their children to Orlando in March.
During a day trip to Universal Orlando, the family stopped at a character breakfast at one of the resort’s hotels.
The actor flashed the OK sign during the breakfast event at Universal Orlando.
The gesture is recognized by some as a symbol of hate.
The parents of a six-year-old biracial girl were looking through their family photos when they noticed the actor playing the Gru character was making the symbol, clearly visible, on the girl's shoulder.
“I’ve been emotionally distraught about it. I’m still pretty upset that someone felt they needed to do this to children,” Tiffiney told USA Today.
“It can cause emotional stress on my child and her development.”
Universal said the incident was unacceptable and that the actor no longer works for the company, writing, "We never want our guests to experience what this family did. This is not acceptable and we are sorry – and we are taking steps to make sure nothing like this happens again.”
A spokesman also said that Universal is in contact with the family to make things right.