General question, but has the surfer’s “hang loose” gesture been co-opted by nefarious (alt-right, Proud Boys, etc.) organizations or attributed to negative purposes? I know the “okay” unfortunately got co-opted as a white power gesture.
I was jogging yesterday and passed a guy that ‘shook’ the sign at me, in what I took as a polite “Howdy, fellow jogger!” greeting. It was around mid-torso height, so I know he wasn’t telling me to call him; he also had earbuds in so I assume it was a non-verbal “hello.”
Just curious, 'cause it seemed pleasant enough–just a bit out of place.
There are no beaches to surf on, here.