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Chris Pratt Criticized For Wearing T-Shirt With Historical Flag On It

Pratt’s t-shirt showcased the coiled snake and text in white on the contemporary American flag with a dark background and faced backlash on Twitter.

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Hollywood celebrity Chris Pratt, famous for his roles in NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” and the blockbuster film “Guardians of the Galaxy,” came under fire this week for wearing a t-shirt depicting the Gadsden Flag, a historical flag with meaning that dates back to the American Revolution.

The flag, created by Brigadier General Christopher Gadsden of the Continental Army in 1775 features a coiled snake sitting on green grass of a yellow flag along with the words “Don’t Tread On Me” written across the bottom. The flag became a symbol of the American struggle for independence against Great Britain and has been used to express freedom and patriotism since.

The 40-year-old actor’s t-shirt showcased the coiled snake and text in white on the contemporary American flag with a dark background. The actor immediately faced backlash from some users on Twitter for his wardrobe choice.

https://twitter.com/crisismattie/status/1151250501297561600

The flag in recent years has been used to highlight American pride by the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team, the band Metallica, and some conservative groups. Its adoption by a few far-right individuals has prompted some to associate the flag with extreme politics. Yahoo News reported that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has deemed the flag as a symbol of “racially-tinged messages” for its endorsement from far-right individuals.