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The Chris Pratt/Gadsden shirt nontroversy

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There was an attempt by a rather pint-sized rage mob to gin up anger at actor Chris Pratt for his choice of T-shirt. By pint-sized, I mean, five to seven people. By gin up anger, I mean claiming Pratt’s choice of wearing a T-shirt by Forged.com – featuring an American flag with the Gadsden snake and “Don’t Tread One Me” slogan – was somehow a white supremacist slogan.

Yahoo Movies U.K. even wrote a round-up of the almost non-existent enmity towards the Guardians of the Galaxy and Parks & Rec star in hopes of giving the story legs. Here’s the original version from yesterday with the headline Chris Pratt criticized for ‘white supremacist’ T-shirt (thanks WaybackMachine!):

Chris Pratt is facing criticism over a T-shirt he was pictured wearing featuring a controversial symbol.

The Marvel star’s top shows the American flag with a coiled snake over the top and a message underneath which reads “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.

It came to prominence during the Revolutionary War of the US by colonists who wanted independence from Great Britain.

Although it is one of the symbols and flags used by the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team, 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.

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.”

The EEOC quote is heavily manipulated because the commission also said, “Importantly, the Commission did not find that the Gadsden Flag in fact is a racist symbol.“ Details, details.

Here it is today. Yahoo Movies UK decided to not only do an almost complete re-write of the article but they also stripped the original author’s name (italics original).

Update: This article was updated on 17 July with the initial headline, ’Chris Pratt criticised for ‘white supremacist’ T-shirt’ being amended to ‘Chris Pratt criticised for T-shirt choice.’ References to White Supremacism in this article have been removed.

Chris Pratt is facing criticism over a T-shirt he was pictured wearing featuring a controversial symbol.

The Marvel star’s top shows the American flag with a coiled snake over the top and a message underneath which reads “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.

It came to prominence during the Revolutionary War of the US by colonists who wanted independence from Great Britain.

Although the symbol has a non-racial history – it is has been used by the U.S. men’s soccer team and Metallica – over the years it has also been adopted by political groups like the Tea Party and some Libertarian groups, as well as gun-toting supporters of the Second Amendment.

Whoops! That’s a pretty big slap at the author – who is probably paid by the click – meaning they’ll never see a hint of cash. The fact Yahoo UK also bothered to re-write the piece deserves a bit of praise.

Yahoo still believes seven people counts as “many” – for some bizarre reason – still making it sound like there’s some controversy. Of course, there isn’t a controversy at all, except for maybe the seven people who were angered by Pratt’s T-shirt.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Forged’s statement on the T-shirt and Pratt’s association with them from earlier today.

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Westlake Legal Group 1f6a8 The Chris Pratt/Gadsden shirt nontroversy The Blog Gadsden flag Forged.com Chris Pratt  PLEASE READ AND SHAREWestlake Legal Group 1f6a8 The Chris Pratt/Gadsden shirt nontroversy The Blog Gadsden flag Forged.com Chris Pratt  We at @forgedclothing would like to address the ridiculous accusations that @prattprattpratt supports white supremacy because he wears our “Don’t Tread On Me” T-Shirt. First and foremost, we are a Navy SEAL-founded, patriotic, and military-inspired brand. Our CEO and members of our Forged team served alongside military service members of all races, cultures, and ethnicities. As we fought for our country, many of us wore the 1st Navy Jack flag on the sleeves of our uniforms, which the Gadsden military-authorized flag is based on. This incredibly powerful symbol was one of the first flags flown by our Continental Navy since 1776 and is still widely used by our military forces today. Secondly, @prattprattpratt has been a great friend and loyal supporter of Forged since our paths crossed back in 2011. Since then, his support has helped both @forgedclothing and the @murphchallenge raise millions of dollars for military and law enforcement families and foundations. He has never ONCE asked for a dime in return and has always used his own funds and resources to help promote these campaigns in honor of others. @prattprattpratt is by far one of the most humble and selfless Americans we have ever known. We will ALWAYS have his back. And finally, we are not @nike. The four tweets that have been posted by small-minded people with myopic views (one of which has already been deleted) DO NOT scare us. We will not back down and recall our Gadsden Flag shirts. Instead, we are going to re-release this design. So to the few ignorant critics offended by our patriotism and Chris Pratt’s patriotism…Standby. This one is for you! Westlake Legal Group 1f1fa-1f1f8 The Chris Pratt/Gadsden shirt nontroversy The Blog Gadsden flag Forged.com Chris Pratt  PLEASE SHARE THIS MESSAGE AND HELP US SUPPORT @prattprattpratt AGAINST THESE ACCUSATIONS. __ #Forged #ForgedClothing #IAmForged #GadsdenFlag #Patriotic #American #ChrisPratt #Navy #NavySEALs #USNavySEALs #VeteranOwned #VeteranOperated #StrengthThroughAdversity

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Smart work by those folks at Forged (who do make good T-shirts and come highly recommended by me).

Exit video featuring Reason’s Robby Soave discussing deceptive trends and stories.

Oh, for those wondering, Pratt gave to Obama in 2012.

The post The Chris Pratt/Gadsden shirt nontroversy appeared first on Hot Air.

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Chris Pratt Wore a Gadsden Flag Shirt, and Yahoo Accused Him of Being a White Supremacist

Actor Chris Pratt swims against the current of the majority of his Hollywood colleagues, openly professing his Christian faith, love for hunting and farming (including operating a farm of his own), and a generally conservative personal world view, so that makes him a target for the online scolds who enjoy creating controversies out of nothing at all.

The latest “non-troversy” began when Pratt was photographed wearing a t-shirt that showed the American flag with the rattlesnake and “Don’t Tread on Me” slogan from the Gadsden flag superimposed on it.

The Gadsden flag, as most people who took high school history classes could tell you, was created during the Revolutionary War, and used the rattlesnake because it was viewed at the time as a uniquely American animal and symbol. It’s been used throughout our country’s history by those who wished to voice their support for civil liberties or opposition to government overreach, like the tea party movement and various libertarian groups.

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But in the eyes of Yahoo News, it’s a “white supremacist” symbol.

The headline of this article (posted on Yahoo Movies UK) originally read “Chris Pratt criticised for ‘white supremacist’ T-shirt” — it’s since been toned down to “Chris Pratt criticised for T-shirt choice” — and writer Hanna Flint’s argument starts with smearing the tea party as “Far Right” and Second Amendment supporters as “gun-toting,” and then makes a claim that the flag is “sometimes interpreted to convey racially-tinged messages in some contexts.”

To support her claims, Flint writes, “Many have posted their feelings about it on Twitter.”

As Twitchy pointed out, “many” is in reality just four.

“Many have posted.” Can you guess how many is “many,” according to Flint’s article? Four. Four people. Including one person who deleted their tweet. The three people who didn’t delete their tweets have a combined following of around 3,000.

It’s a bizarre and ridiculous attack, to be sure. The Gadsden Flag has been adopted by many Americans over the years — including by those on the left, such as this Ms. Magazine cover opposing anti-abortion laws…

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…and for non-political purposes, such as the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team…whose 2010 World Cup uniforms displaying “D.T.O.M.” — an abbreviation of “Don’t Tread on Me” — were designed by Nike.

So wait, Nike cancels a sneaker with the Betsy Ross flag because Colin Kaepernick said it was racist but their 2010 soccer uniform was fine then but it’s racist now on Chris Pratt’s shirt…it’s so hard to keep up these days.

“Journalists” engaged in a never-ending quest to find outraged people on the internet will always be able to find them, but it doesn’t mean the rest of us have to join in their insanity.

Read my RedState article archive here.

Follow Sarah Rumpf on Twitter: @rumpfshaker.

The post Chris Pratt Wore a Gadsden Flag Shirt, and Yahoo Accused Him of Being a White Supremacist appeared first on RedState.

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