Chris Pratt wore a shirt that repped the “Don’t Tread On Me” flag, which has now been labeled by some as “racist” and something white supremacists use … but that’s not entirely accurate.
Here’s the deal … Chris was out in L.A. with his wife, Katherine Schwarzenegger, earlier this week … and he was wearing a navy T-shirt with the American flag on it and a rattlesnake superimposed, sitting atop the phrase, “Don’t Tread On Me.” It’s a mashup of Old Glory and the Gadsden flag.
Chris has been criticized over the past few days for repping the flag and the slogan — originally created during the Revolutionary War as a message from the American colonies to England. It has since been adopted by the Tea Party and other far-right political groups.
The Gadsden flag has also been used by some white supremacists in recent years — most notably in 2014 when the bodies of 2 dead police officers were draped with the Gadsden flag that also bore swastikas. It’s also been seen in the same company as confederate and Nazi flags.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled in 2016 that the flag alone could be viewed as racial harassment in the workplace, depending on the context. While it noted the flag doesn’t have racist origins, today it can be “sometimes interpreted to convey racially-tinged messages in some contexts.” The agency called for further investigation.
The reason why Chris Pratt is being called out might have to do with a Yahoo UK article that flat-out called his wardrobe a “white supremacist” shirt … making the leap many other outlets wouldn’t.
Our take … Chris wearing the shirt doesn’t mean he supports white supremacy or anything else hateful or extreme, for that matter. He is, however, known as a conservative guy, and that’s all there is to it.