The 20-year-old son of the new governor of New Jersey caused a stir during his father’s swearing-in on Tuesday when he waved his hand on stage near his father who appeared to be a popular meme with young people called the “Circle game”.
Josh Murphy, a sophomore at Tufts University, made the gesture just as his father, Governor Phil Murphy, was sworn in, according to the video posted on nj.com.
The game, which first started on an episode of the “Malcolm in the Middle” sit-com and recently gained popularity online, is all about getting someone to watch your “OK” or hand in a circle, allowing you to hit them. in the arm.
However, a few New Jersey observers noted that young Murphy’s gesture could also be interpreted as similar to an “OK” hand gesture sometimes used by white supremacists.
Josh’s gesture was the first reported by savejersey.com, who pointed out the link with racism and that the Matawan, NJ, Police Department, i had hot water recently for posting a photo of officers making the same hand gesture.
A Trentonian columnist also noted that Josh’s gesture, while appearing to be the ‘circle game’, was also similar to white supremacist symbolism and should never be used at a public event by the child of ‘a head of state.
Josh, 20, an eldest son, withdrew his right hand from behind his back, then showed an upside down Ok sign below the waist, consistent with the ‘Circle Game’ but also a universal sign for supremacists white “, LA Parker du Trentonien wrote.
“In these difficult times, there is no room for ambiguous behavior, no ignorance or conscientious stupidity, both calamities once expressed by Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.”
A spokesperson for the governor’s office could not be reached immediately.