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Hollywood star Chris Pratt has come under criticism after a picture of him wearing a controversial T-shirt during a stroll with new wife Katherine Schwarzenegger divided opinion online.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Star, 39, was pictured on Sunday wearing a top showing the Gadsden Flag from the American Revolution, which depicts the American flag with a coiled rattlesnake in front of it, and the words ‘Don’t tread on me’ emblazoned beneath.
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The flag, first designed by American general Christopher Gadsden in 1775, was originally created to symbolize liberty and freedom.
It’s also a symbol still used by the US Men’s Soccer Team, approved by the US Navy and is even regularly associated with the band Metallica, who wrote song called ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ in 1991.
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However, in recent years the insignia has also found prevalence among far-right groups such as the Tea Party and neo-Nazi groups as well, causing a contingent to lambaste Pratt for wearing the top, calling for him to be 'cancelled'.
After its ties to the far-right were established, the Equal Employment Commission went on to determine that the Gadsden flag is ‘sometimes interpreted to convey racially-tinged messages in some context’ in a 2016 ruling.
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The EEC’s interpretation comes largely in part as a result of the murder of two police officers, Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31, in Las Vegas 2014, who were shot dead by two white supremacists and draped their bloodied bodies were draped in a version of Gadsden, which also featured Swastika symbols.
Ever since, the Gadsden flag has carried some unfavorable connotations, and has regularly found itself associated as a sign of more conservative and far-right ideology.
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Such connotations have led some to speculate that Chris Pratt holds ‘white supremacist’ views online, after he donned a version of the logo on the streets of LA this...
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