The ever-broadening net cast by the progressive left in search of racist boogeymen to support the theory that America’s an inherently racist society has snared “Marvel” star Chris Pratt.
The actor’s sin was wearing a T-shirt that featured the symbol seen on the American Revolutionary War-era Gadsden flag.
The coiled rattlesnake above the phrase “Don’t Tread On Me” that marked the flag as symbol of freedom during the fight for independence from Britain has been deemed “controversial” by Yahoo Entertainment.
Controversial enough for Pratt’s name to be mentioned in the same breath as white supremacy, as seen in a Yahoo Movies UK article titled, “Chris Pratt criticized for ‘white supremacist’ T-shirt.”
Chris Pratt wears a Gadsden Flag shirt.
— Amy Lutz (@amylutz4) July 17, 2019
“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,” the article said of the Gadsden flag.
“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.”
See how that works when progressives control language — this being the same cabal that have already declared the Founding Fathers racist bigots.
Of course, the insinuation that the Gadsden flag represents white supremacy is pure poppycock, but in post-Obama America, where emotions trump facts, this narrative exists.
Pratt, who starred in “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the “Jurassic World” franchises, was photographed wearing a T-shirt with the coiled snake and “Don’t Tread On Me” message emblazoned on an American flag.
— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) July 15, 2019
And some wonder why President Donald Trump is so adamant about calling out hard left socialist Democrats for hating on America?
The white supremacy assertion was so over the top that syndicated columnist Jonah Goldberg, no real fan of President Trump’s, slammed Yahoo.
“Shame on @Yahoo for this trash. A handful of dumb twitter comments isn’t a news story you click-baiting parasites. There nothing white supremacist about that T-shirt. It’s like everyone wants to be stupid and make everything worse,” he tweeted.
Shame on @Yahoo for this trash. A handful of dumb twitter comments isn’t a news story you click-baiting parasites. There nothing white supremacist about that T-shirt.
It’s like everyone wants to be stupid and make everything worse. https://t.co/TVNeLUGUAc
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) July 17, 2019
Conservative Ben Shapiro also weighed in to stress how ignorant the suggestion was.
“Not every symbol of the early republic is a white supremacist symbol, unless you are a moron,” he tweeted.
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
Nonetheless, the Yahoo article was more than enough to draw the Kool-Aid drinkers in.
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 https://t.co/Emfzd02GmK
— Tim Byrnes (@timbyrnes89) July 16, 2019
— Areola Grande (@crisismattie) July 16, 2019
Here’s a sampling of some other responses from the more sensible side of Twitter:
Imagine Hollywood’s reaction if Chris Pratt admitted he voted for Trump @prattprattpratt
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) July 17, 2019
— Shoshana Weissmann, Sloth Committee Chair 🦥 (@senatorshoshana) July 17, 2019
Thanks for making all of our jobs harder, Yahoo. https://t.co/MfTW1YjA4A
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) July 17, 2019
yet another global news cycle driven by the anger of 4 people on twitter with 37 followers https://t.co/DlFcgKvT02
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) July 17, 2019
The Gadsden flag is a symbol of American badassery. Nothing more, nothing less.
— Senator Swann Ronson, frmr Ambassador to Zamunda (@strat_nick) July 17, 2019
It’s Chris Pratt, who goes and visit children’s hospitals in costume.. Cmon this is getting out of hand.
— Jimmy Moriarty (@JimmyMoriarty9) July 17, 2019
— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) July 17, 2019