A Yahoo article profiling criticism of Hollywood A-lister Chris Pratt for allegedly wearing a racist and “white supremacist” t-shirt has triggered a social media meltdown on Twitter, but not for the reason you think.
Chris Pratt Wears Gadsden Flag Shirt, ‘Controversy’ Ensues
It all started when Pratt, best known for his roles in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” and NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” wore a t-shirt featuring the Gadsden flag and the familiar warning: “Don’t Tread on Me.”
The Gadsden flag was first used during the Revolutionary War and remains a symbol of individual rights and political independence.
— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) July 15, 2019
After scouring the most inane corners of Twitter, Yahoo managed to find a handful of tweets from users with virtually no followers accusing Pratt of such crimes as blowing a “white supremacist dogwhistle” to his racist fans. That gave them all the proof they needed to publish the following article on the “controversy”:
“Chris Pratt criticised for ‘white supremacist’ T-shirt”
It wasn’t long before the article triggered backlash on Twitter, but – perhaps contrary to Yahoo’s expectations – the anger wasn’t directed at Chris Pratt.
Rather, fans and pundits from all corners of the political spectrum raked Yahoo over the coals for manufacturing a controversy to generate clicks – all at the actor’s expense.
Conservatives and Liberals Alike Rake Yahoo Over the Coals
Conservative firebrand Ben Shapiro eviscerated the article as “pure idiocy” in a withering response. “Not every symbol of the early republic is a white supremacist symbol, unless you are a moron,” he said.
Los Angeles Times columnist and American Enterprise Institute fellow Jonah Goldberg was somehow even more critical than Shaprio,