The bowl cut is now also a symbol of hate

The bowl cut is now also a symbol of hate

In a surprising turn of events, one of the world's most questionable hairstyles, the bowl cut, is now a symbol of hate.

Yes, you read that right. However, don't panic if it's a look that you're rocking, it's only a symbol of hate in a very specific place - namely a Jewish civil rights group's online database of hate symbols belonging to white supremacists and far-right extremists.

Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber. Credit: New Line Cinema

Thirty-six new symbols were recently added to the database including the "OK" hand gesture and an anthropomorphic moon wearing sunglasses. But there was a degree of reluctance to include the OK hand gesture, allegedly "because 'OK' has meant just 'OK' for so long."

"At this point, there is enough of a volume of use for hateful purposes that we felt it was important to add," a member of the group said.

So how the heck did the bowl cut merit a place in the database? Well, it's due to the actions of Dylann Roof.

In case your memory needs refreshing, he is the white supremacist and mass murderer responsible for the Charleston church shooting on June 17, 2015, in Carolina. It claimed the lives of nine people and injured many more.

Serial killer Dylann Roof. Credit: PA Images

The New York-based database was created 19 years ago in a bid to help law enforcement recognize signs of extremist activity.

In a statement, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said: "Even as extremists continue to use symbols that may be years or decades old, they regularly create new symbols, memes and slogans to express their hateful sentiments."

Jim Carrey giving bowl cut. Credit: PA Images

The "OK" symbol made its way into the database because it was used as part of a 4chain trolling campaign that aimed to trick people into believing that the fingers formed "W" and "P" to mean "white power."

But, more disturbingly, the symbol was used by Brenton Tarrant, an Australian man charged with killing 51 people at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March, in a courtroom appearance.