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The actor who has a deep-rooted love for country music is stirring up controversy – all because of a t-shirt he wore.
Chris Pratt, who is famous for his starring roles in the Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises, was out for an afternoon stroll in Los Angeles with his wife Katherine Schwarzenegger when paparazzi took some photos of them.
Pratt was wearing a t-shirt featuring the American flag with a coiled rattlesnake in front of it. The words “Don’t tread on me” were below the images.
According to Fox News, “The coiled rattlesnake and the ‘Don’t tread on me’ motto are from the iconic Gadsden flag, which was created by American general Christopher Gadsden in 1775 during the Revolutionary War. It was meant to symbolize liberty and freedom.”
The Tea Party has revived the flag in recent years.
After the photos surfaced, Yahoo published an article titled, “Chris Pratt criticised for ‘white supremacist” T-shirt,” which said that “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.”
Yahoo continued, “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.’”
The article included several tweets, with one accusing Pratt of wearing a shirt “emblazoned with a white supremacist dogwhistle.”
Since Yahoo’s article caught traction, and criticism themselves, they changed the title to, “Chris Pratt criticised for T-shirt choice.”
People online are not happy with Yahoo’s article, but some are still upset with Pratt’s t-shirt choice, even calling for his career to be “cancelled.”
Check out some reactions from both sides below.
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