WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Marvel star Chris Pratt was blasted on social media after he was spotted wearing an allegedly racist T-shirt.
- His T-shirt design showcased a mash-up of the Gadsden flag and a modern U.S. flag, with a coiled rattlesnake and a statement that reads, “Don’t Tread on Me.”
- The insignia was apparently adopted by far-right political groups, which caused social media users to blast him for identifying as an ‘alt-right racist.’
Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Chris Pratt received backlash after he was spotted wearing an allegedly racist T-shirt.
The “Avengers: Endgame” actor was photographed on Sunday while he was out on a stroll in Pacific Palisades, Calif., with his new bride, Katherine Schwarzenegger.
The print on his T-shirt showed a mash-up of the Gadsden flag — which was designed by Continental Army Brig. Gen. Christopher Gadsden during the American Revolution — and a modern U.S. flag. It also showed a coiled rattlesnake over a statement that reads, “Don’t Tread on Me.”
The insignia is known to be used by the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team, and even the band Metallica. However, it was also adopted by Second Amendment supporters and far-right political groups.
According to a Yahoo News report and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is “sometimes interpreted to convey racially tinged messages in some contexts.”
The 39-year-old Pratt was blasted on social media for his outfit choice.
One Twitter user remarked, “Nice shirt… Only people I see with that flag are alt-right racists.”
Another one commented, “Unfollowed already. Haven’t liked him since Parks & Rec anyhow, and I can easily cancel him in that too. @prattprattpratt hope those bigots pay you a good pay check.”
Meanwhile, others came to the actors’ defense, saying, “How the hell is the ‘don’t tread on me’ flag, which is fully authorized by the @USNavy racist? Stay strong @prattprattpratt.”
No comment has yet been issued by the actor nor his representatives.
Source: Page Six