Chris Pratt Causes Split On Social Media For Wearing Patriotic T-Shirt

Hollywood icon Chris Pratt caused quite the buzz on social media for wearing a patriotic t-shirt that Yahoo Entertainment called a “controversial symbol.”

Pratt, most known for his acting roles in Parks & Rec and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, wore a t-shirt which had the American flag with the words “Don’t Tread On Me.”

Yahoo reports:

The writing and snake combo on its own is depicted on the Gadsden flag; a symbol created by Christopher Gadsden, a Charleston-born brigadier general in the Continental Army.

It came to prominence during the Revolutionary War of the US by colonists who wanted independence from Great Britain.

And:

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.

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 photo of Pratt wearing the t-shirt quickly circulated online with people commenting that they were no longer a fan of the actor, they would no longer be watching his films, and that he lost the “Chris War” (a mock competition with fellow actors named “Chris”: Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Chris Pine).

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Vulture staff reporter Hunter Harris posted the picture of Pratt without any caption:

Some people were frustrated with Pratt’s patriotism…

…while several others applauded it: