Los Angeles, CA – Critics blasted Hollywood actor Chris Pratt after he was photographed wearing a shirt that some have deemed to be “racist.”
The shirt featured a mashup image of a modern U.S. flag and the Revolutionary War-era Gadsden flag, which is comprised of a coiled rattlesnake and the words “Don’t Tread On Me,” Page 6 reported.
The Gadsden flag was designed by Continental Army Brigadier General Christopher Gadsden in 1775 as a symbol of freedom and liberty, FOX News reported.
The same image is used by the iconic metal band, Metallica, as well as the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team, according to Page 6.
Second Amendment supporters and many libertarians have also adopted the Gadsden flag.
In 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that the flag may be considered as racial harassment in the workplace in certain situations, TMZ reported.
The commission noted that the flag was not created as a racist symbol, but that some people now feel that it conveys “racially-tinged messages in some contexts.”
Critics were quick to blast Pratt for his wardrobe choice.
One Twitter user alleged that the actor’s shirt was “emblazoned with a white supremacist dogwhistle, and declared that Pratt was “unequivocally the worst,” Yahoo Movies UK reported.
“Unfollowed already,” another user tweeted. “@prattprattpratt hope those bigots pay you a good pay check. Bye girl.”
“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,” one tweet read.
Despite the backlash, a majority of the social media feedback regarding Pratt’s shirt was in support of the Gadsden flag.
“I always though Chris Pratt was a good man. Now it’s just becoming more clear,” one supporter tweeted. “Well done.”
“How the hell is the ‘don’t tread on me’ flag, which is fully authorized by the @USNavy racist?” another proponent asked.
Many posted selfies beside their own Gadsden flags.
Pratt has not responded to requests for comment on the issue, Page 6 reported.