My cousin and her husband have expanded their sign business, Imagine Graphics. They opened a new store in Eugene, Oregon featuring giant murals of a blue-green butterfly, an orange gerber daisy, an OK hand sign and a golden sun. The Register-Guard story included a photo of the OK sign made by their little boy. My cousin e-mails:
Unfortunately someone called today to tell us that the image in the photo, which I love (Benjamin’s hand making the OK sign), is apparently an offensive gesture to Muslims, so we are probably going to have to reprint with a different hand image.
In some Arab cultures, the OK sign signifies the evil eye. In Latin America, it may be considered an obscene gesture. Still, if Americans can learn what’s offensive in other cultures, can’t people from other cultures learn what’s not offensive here?