Actor accused of white supremacy for wearing Gadsden flag T-shirt
Left-leaning Yahoo has come under fire for an article labeling actor Chris Pratt a “white supremacist” for wearing a T-shirt with the Gadsden flag.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Jurassic World” star Pratt was seen wearing a T-shirt featuring the American flag with a coiled rattlesnake in front of it with the text, “Don’t tread on me.”
The “Don’t tread on me” motto and coiled rattlesnake are from the iconic Gadsden flag, originally created in 1775 by American general Christopher Gadsden during the Revolutionary War.
It was meant to symbolize freedom and liberty.
In recent years, however, the flag has been adopted by the Tea Party, among others.
Chris Pratt wears a Gadsden Flag shirt.
— Amy Lutz (@amylutz4) July 17, 2019
The Yahoo Movies UK article, titled “Chris Pratt criticized for ‘white supremacist’ T-shirt,” stated:
“Although it is one of the symbols and flags used by the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team, Metallica, as well as some libertarian groups, over the years the flag has been adopted by Far Right political groups like the Tea Party, as well as gun-toting supporters of the Second Amendment,” the article described the Gadsden flag.
“It has, therefore, become a symbol of more conservative and far-right individuals and, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of the US, it also is ‘sometimes interpreted to convey racially-tinged messages in some contexts.’”
“Not every symbol of the early republic is a white supremacist symbol, unless you are a moron.”
According to Fox News, the article also included six posts from Twitter users knocking Pratt’s shirt, one of them accusing the actor of wearing a shirt with a “white supremacist dogwhistle.”
I like him, but all these small things about his politics makes me wonder when he’ll say something transphobic, tank his career, and do the full heel-turn into a Fox commentator https://t.co/Emfzd02GmK
— Tim Byrnes (@timbyrnes89) July 16, 2019
But many blasted the article on Twitter, with Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro calling it “pure idiocy.”
This is pure idiocy. Not every symbol of the early republic is a white supremacist symbol, unless you are a moron. https://t.co/zWT7GZK602
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) July 17, 2019
“Not every symbol of the early republic is a white supremacist symbol, unless you are a moron,” Shapiro wrote, hinting at the controversy surrounding the Betsy Ross flag earlier this month.
Reason editor Robby Soave compared the article to the “black Ariel controversy” where some in the media claimed there was backlash over Disney’s casting of black singer Halle Bailey as the lead role in a live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid.”
“No one was actually mad. Twitter distorts,” Soave tweeted.
Shame on @Yahoo for this trash. A handful of dumb twitter comments isn’t a news story you click-baiting parasites. There nothing white supremacist about that T-shirt.
It’s like everyone wants to be stupid and make everything worse. https://t.co/TVNeLUGUAc
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) July 17, 2019
“Shame on @Yahoo for this trash,” syndicated columnist Jonah Goldberg reacted.
“A handful of dumb Twitter comments isn’t a news story you click-baiting parasites.
“There nothing white supremacist about that T-shirt.
“It’s like everyone wants to be stupid and make everything worse.”
Vulture staff writer Hunter Harris also shared a photo of Pratt wearing the T-shirt with his new wife Katherine Schwarzenegger on Monday.
Harris’ tweet generated some reactions on Twitter.
— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) July 15, 2019
“Nice. Glad to see someone in hollywood actually supports people’s right to defend themselves,” one user wrote in response to Harris, while another commented, “Gadsen flag. I love it! Where can I buy mine?”
Mr. Pratt has yet to comment.