Another day, another life or death battle for the very soul of America rages on. The other day Loud’nProud patriot Chris Pratt stepped out wearing a t-shirt featuring the words “Don’t Tread On Me” and a snake, which are associated with the Gadsden flag. The image was superimposed over the red, white and blue stars and stripes of the American flag. Yahoo! reported on the lewk, initially saying he was criticized for wearing a ‘white supremacist’ T-shirt’ and of course, because of #thesetryingtimes, all hell done broke loose. Yahoo! later amended the headline to read he was criticized for his “t-shirt choice”, but it was too late. Conservatives and liberals alike #TookToTwitter to express their general outrage.
Here’s Chris out with his bride Katherine Schwarzenegger asking not to be tread upon.
— NRA Country (@NRACountry) July 17, 2019
— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) July 15, 2019
According to Yahoo! (and anyone else you could ask), there is nothing inherently racist about the Gadsden flag. But in recent years it’s been adopted by far right extremist groups.
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.
Although the symbol has a non-racial history – it is has been used by the U.S. men’s soccer team and Metallica – over the years it has also been adopted by political groups like the Tea Party and some Libertarian groups, as well as gun-toting supporters of the Second Amendment.
Here are some of the predictable reactions to “Chris’ Choice” (which I’m thinking of optioning for a movie. You know, like Sophie’s Choice but way dumber) on Twitter.
If you replaced the current protesters with right wing extremists waving nazi flags on US soil this commercial could work pic.twitter.com/KRkmHcUDRD
— Maximilian Uriarte (@TLCplMax) March 1, 2019
Nice shirt… Only people I see with that flag are alt-right racists…. pic.twitter.com/0sUfv6Ghki
— chomp🌈sky (@chompsky5) July 17, 2019
Chris Pratt, decent American, and seemingly cool dude, wore a t-shirt with a historical symbol on it.
He’s a White Supremacist now, y’all.
— Young Conservatives (@YoungCons) July 17, 2019
This is next level stupid: People calling Chris Pratt a white supremacist for wearing a shirt with the Gadsden flag on it.@YahooNews should be ashamed for even running this. pic.twitter.com/rq8Rt1xPuq
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) July 17, 2019
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
Chris Pratt Smeared as 'White Supremacist' for Wearing Gadsden Flag Shirt https://t.co/d2miMvCAd3
— Carl Higbie (@CarlHigbie) July 17, 2019
If this “controversy” looks a little one-sided, there’s a reason. I couldn’t find very many tweets condemning Chris’ choice. Most of the response seems to be in reaction to Yahoo!’s headline. As far as I can tell, there are far more people applauding Chris for his bravery and patriotism than are people actually calling him a white supremacist or swearing off the next Guardians of The Galaxy movie for any reason other than the last one sucked. But facts are immaterial. The shirt struck a nerve, as I’m sure Chris knew it would. He knows, and we know, and he knows that we know, what he’s about.
Personally, I’m far more concerned with the fact that Katherine is out here giving Chris pet pigs as a birthday gift.
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Thank you Katherine for my new pet Kune-Kune pigs!!! Best birthday present ever!! We named them Tim and Faith because they’re beautiful and their love is palpable and inspiring. I love them and can’t wait to watch them grow. And no they will not be bacon! They are the newest members of the Friendly Kingdom, select animals including sheep, goats, and pigs who we’ve pardoned. They will spend their entire lives thriving at the farm, until they pass naturally many, many years from now. Historically our relationship with animals has taught us so many valuable life lessons- ranging from the harsh realities of the cycle of life to the rewards of compassion, stewardship, love and care. #godbless #friendlykingdom #farmlife
I wonder if Chris told Pete The Chihuahua he was going to go live on a farm too.