A shirt donned by Marvel star Chris Pratt has been labeled “far-right” due to the symbol it includes emblazoned over the U.S. flag. The uproar is about a coiled snake pictured over the words “Don’t Tread On Me.”
“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,” Yahoo reports. “It came to prominence during the Revolutionary War of the US by colonists who wanted independence from Great Britain.”
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Yahoo notes that while the symbols and flags are used by the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team, Metallica, and libertarian groups, their association with the Tea Party and supporters of the Second Amendment make it controversial.
“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,” according to Yahoo.
Pratt, a Christian Republican who has conservative gun views, was blasted on Twitter for the t-shirt, users seemingly disturbed that he’s “coming out” as a conservative or bigot.
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