The uproar began when Pratt was photographed by paparazzi on Sunday wearing the flag shirt, which features a rattle snake in front of an American flag with the term, “Don’t Tread on Me.”
The flag was created by General Christopher Gadsden in 1775 and symbolizes liberty and freedom.
Yesterday, Yahoo Movies UK published an article titled “Chris Pratt criticized for ‘white supremacist’ T-shirt.”
The outlet has since updated the article to remove all references to white supremacy and changed the title.
In a note on the article, Yahoo Movies UK writes, “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.”
The original article, however, claimed the flag could convey “racially-tinged” messages.
“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,'” wrote Yahoo.
Many Social Justice Warriors voiced their outrage with Pratt on social media, and one individual claimed the actor was wearing a “white supremacist dogwhistle.”
Another wrote of Pratt, “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.”
— The Hill (@thehill) July 17, 2019