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Actor Chris Pratt took heat online from far-left critics outrageously claiming a pro-American t-shirt he was photographed in was associated with “white supremacists.” The t-shirt in question has an image of a coiled snake overlapping an American flag with text under it reading, “Don’t Tread On Me.”

The shirt is basically a version of the Revolution-era Gadsden flag, which was recently re-popularized by small government conservatives of the Tea Party. Plainly put, there is no racial connection.

Vulture writer Hunter Harris posted the photo of Pratt in the shirt on Monday; Yahoo! picked up the “story” the next day, claiming the t-shirt featured a “controversial symbol” and showcasing online far-left critics.

Here are some of the hot takes, as highlighted by Yahoo!:

One Twitter user complained, “Andy Dwyer (Pratt’s ‘Parks And Recreation’ character) would never wear a shirt emblazoned with a white supremacist dogwhistle. Chris Pratt is unequivocally the worst Chris.”

“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,” a critic said.

“Ellen [P]age called him out and some of y’all didn’t listen now look at this s***,” said another critic.

In February, actress Ellen Page complained about Pratt attending a Christian church. The “Juno” star said Hillsong Church, which Pratt proudly attends, “is infamously anti lgbtq.” Pratt responded to Page, writing in part via social media that “nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.”

Again, the symbol on Mr. Pratt’s shirt has no ties to race. New Yorker Magazine, reporting on the history of the Gadsden flag in 2016, acknowledged that it has no historical link to race (emphasis added):

The Gadsden flag is one of at least three kinds of flags created by independence-minded colonists in the run-up to the Revolutionary War, according to the writer and historian Marc Leepson, the author of “Flag: An American Biography.” Liberty flags featured that word on a variety of backdrops; the Pine Tree flag floated the slogan “An Appeal To Heaven” over a depiction of a pine tree. Neither endured like the design of Christopher Gadsden, a Charleston-born brigadier general in the Continental Army. His was by far the coolest, with its menacing rattler and provocative slogan. … Later, in what may be America’s first-ever political cartoon, [Benjamin] Franklin published the famous “Join or Die” image, which depicts the American colonies as segments of a snake. Among other borrowers, Paul Revere put the snake in a seventeen-seventies newspaper nameplate. Gadsden’s venomous remix, for a flag used by Continental sailors, depicted the reassembled rattler as a righteous threat to trampling imperialism. “The origins of ‘Don’t Tread On Me,”’ Leepson summarizes, “were completely, one hundred percent anti-British, and pro-revolution.” Indeed, that E.E.O.C. directive agrees, “It is clear that the Gadsden Flag originated in the Revolutionary War in a non-racial context.”

It is common for Pratt to be a target of the Left and mainstream media, however. In December 2018, for example, the actor was smeared as “problematic” by TV Guide for his “offscreen life.” “When you take a deeper look at Pratt the man and not necessarily Pratt the actor, some of the shine wears off,” whined TV Guide. “Although he can be as funny offscreen as he is on — his recurring ‘What’s My Snack’ videos on Instagram are almost always delightful — it’s impossible to ignore some problematic aspects of his life offscreen.” In short, the outlet was upset that Pratt — a pro-hunting open Christian — is associated with the Right politically.

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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. PT

    July 17, 2019 at 2:54 am

    These people continue to show their illiteracy of the history of this country. Vile hatred consumes them.
    Do you wake up every morning whining about safe spaces and trigger warnings? Do you look for something to get outraged by every single day so you can defend your exquisitely precious sensibilities? Then you are a Dem/Lib/Progressive/Socialist.

  2. Wilson

    July 17, 2019 at 6:50 am

    Cunt has her twitter account protected to prevent free speech and anyone who disagrees with her skewed views on history.

  3. Joe

    July 17, 2019 at 8:15 am

    I get it now. Everything a white person wears is RACIST.

    • Nee

      July 17, 2019 at 4:29 pm

      That is it, it is disgusting. We can wear what the heck we want, you do. Drop dead you creeps. Ive had about enough of this crap for a lifetime. You freaking liberals mind you own business.
      You don’t tell me what to do! All of you can drop off the face of the Earth and would never be missed!

  4. Joe

    July 17, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Yahoo how stupid are you.

  5. Ron

    July 17, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Pro-hunting, openly Christian, conservative values…can’t have that!

  6. Gordon

    July 17, 2019 at 9:08 am

    “Don’t Tread on Me” was a warning to the English at the time of the American Revolution. I can see how the democrats being anti-American, left wing liberal shites would take this as a threat to stop their Socialist destruction of America. AND IT IS A THREAT !

    • Mitch D.

      July 17, 2019 at 10:14 am

      @ Gordon,

      That’s right, it was a warning to the British….those people who, along with the Dutch, actually brought slavery to this country.

      So, if anything, it’s anti-racist. But as usual, the liberals are so ignorant, they don’t know that.

    • Andre Alexsen

      July 17, 2019 at 12:17 pm

      AMEN GOD BLESS AMERICA AND CHRIS !! ” DONT TREAD ON ME ” WE THE PEOPLE ” IN GOD WE TRUST…

  7. Pat

    July 17, 2019 at 9:30 am

    I have the same t-shirt and now I will wear it all the time.

  8. WEF

    July 17, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Game on folks….. Time to lock and load……

  9. Larry Overfield

    July 17, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    When are we going to quite dividing the human race into races. How can that be done? How do you get races out of a race. I can understand, ethnicity, creed, or nationality coming out of one race; but races out of a race. Doesn’t make any sense to me. Is their anybody out there who can explain that to me, please.

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