Megachurch pastor Joel Osteen and his wife, Victoria, caught major flak after photos of them at their son's Jonathan's graduation from the University of Texas went viral. The family was photographed throwing the "Hook 'em Horns" hand sign that is nearly synonymous with attending UT.
Outside of the university's usage portraying their mascot, the Texas Longhorn Bevo, the gesture has also been used in the music world, popularized by the late Ronnie James Dio, who used it to mean "rock on."
However, in some cultures, the "Hook 'em Horns" sign is construed as a sign of the devil, and many people on social media called Osteen and his family out in response for using what they perceived to be the devil's sign.
See the original photos below as well as some of the more outraged comments from the Osteens' Twitter followers.
— Victoria Osteen (@VictoriaOsteen) May 20, 2017
— Joel Osteen (@JoelOsteen) May 20, 2017
— Isaac Hogg (@isaachogg) May 21, 2017
— wayne (@waynekitt) May 21, 2017
— sergio gonzalez jr (@hoodysoldy) May 20, 2017
— Andre Andre (@AndreUPX) May 21, 2017
— Oyola Kiasa (@sir_oyola) May 20, 2017
— askofu indimuli (@ian_indimuli) May 20, 2017
— American Dad (@God_Guns45) May 20, 2017
— Daakye Hene Emma (@LallypopGuy) May 20, 2017
— J So-oabeb (@JosefSoabeb) May 22, 2017