Chris Pratt wore a “Don’t Tread On Me” T-shirt and caused quite an uproar.
Pratt was spotted in Los Angeles out with his wife, Katherine Schwarzenegger, and wearing a shirt with the famous phrase with an image of a rattlesnake and the American flag.
Just when you think outrage culture has crested to its new norm, enter Yahoo news.
Apparently Chris Pratt is a white supremacist for wearing a don't tread on me t-shirt…in America…where it's stood for individual freedom for hundreds of years.
Oh and it's Chris Pratt. 🤭🤭 pic.twitter.com/l7zfziCdcg
— T.A. Sullivan (@TASullivan8) July 17, 2019
The rattlesnake image comes from the Gadsden flag, designed during the Revolutionary War and named for Christopher Gadsden.
The yellow flag was meant to be a message to the British and representative of Americans’ ideology.
But recently the Gadsden flag has come to represent some far-right groups, including white supremacists. The flag is not necessarily racist, but has been linked with some racial messages.
And in 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission decided that the flag could be considered racist in the workplace.
If you replaced the current protesters with right wing extremists waving nazi flags on US soil this commercial could work pic.twitter.com/KRkmHcUDRD
— Maximilian Uriarte (@TLCplMax) March 1, 2019
An article originating from Yahoo UK may be partly to blame for bringing Pratt into the argument, saying his clothes are “white supremacist.”
While he is politically conservative, that doesn’t mean he’s a white supremacist, or anything remotely close to it. Just something to keep in mind.
the “don’t tread on me” snake is white supremacist now? https://t.co/UEJXoYv57J
— آرش (@thekarami) July 17, 2019