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Chris Pratt’s Controversial ‘Don’t Tread On Me’ Shirt Sparks Ire Online

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Chris Pratt has sparked a debate online after donning a t-shirt with a contentious slogan and design.

The garment in question displayed a coiled snake on top of an American flag with text underneath it, reading, “Don’t Tread On Me.” According to Yahoo News, the phrase and the snake were created by brigadier general Christopher Gadsden from the Continental Army.

The symbol, found on the Gadsden flag, saw its rise during the Revolutionary War of the US, and was emblazoned by those who sought independence from Great Britain.

Although the emblem is still being adopted in the modern era, it has also been used by far-right political groups, including the Tea Party. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of the US, the symbol is “sometimes interpreted to convey racially-tinged messages.”

Due to the t-shirt’s controversial affiliations, social media users have heavily criticized the actor, including one who branded him as “unequivocally the worst Chris.”

— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) July 15, 2019

I like him, but all these small things about his politics makes me wonder when he’ll say something transphobic, tank his career, and do the full heel-turn into a Fox commentator

— Tim Byrnes (@timbyrnes89) July 16, 2019

Ermagherrrrd… "Andy Dwyer would never wear a shirt emblazoned with a white supremacist dogwhistle. Chris Pratt is unequivocally the worst Chris." political discourse in the 21st century…

— Jay Barnes (@J_Barnes529) July 17, 2019

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