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Yahoo Called Chris Pratt a Nazi For Basically No Reason

A lot of people are very mad at Chris Pratt for not openly sharing their exact political and religious views. Personally, I had figured out that he and I are very different people when he said in an interview that he spent his entire first paycheck from Everwood on things from the Cabella’s catalogue.

Not that being outdoorsy means that you’re going to be politically conservative; my father was outdoorsy and he supported Democrats because he thought they were better on environmental issues. And Chris Pratt is good friends with Nick Offerman, who is famously left-wing and outdoorsy.

Chris Pratt doesn’t actually talk about politics basically ever. Everything you think you know about Pratt’s politics you’ve made up in your head based on the fact that he’s a Christian, he’s outdoorsy, and his father-in-law Arnold Schwarzenegger is a moderate Republican.

I’ve never seen any contributions to political campaigns from Pratt, he gives his money to causes for sick and underprivileged children. He doesn’t go out on the campaign trail for anyone, he just goes to the hospital to visit sick kids.

But people have some weird desire to unmask him as a secretly horrible person. There’s this “we’re going to bring this fucker down a peg and no one will want their terminally ill child to meet Star-Lord anymore!” mentality I just don’t understand.

The latest version of this is people calling Pratt a secret white supremacist, specifically Yahoo News, though they later admitted they were wrong.

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.

No, you stand by your dumb bullshit, Yahoo. I had to go on the internet and see that I agreed with tiny idiot Ben Shapiro about something because of you, so you live with your shame.

Yahoo built their story around tweets like this.

As I mentioned earlier, Chris Pratt doesn’t talk about politics at all. Also, there’s a cottage industry of journalists falling for dumb bullshit 4chan’s /pol/ board cooks up and some racist dipshit will make the okay sign and we’ll get an endless spate of articles with headlines like “The secret racist message hidden on your pizza box.”

Chris Pratt’s t-shirt is a reference to a Revolutionary War era motto featured on a flag called the Gasden Flag. It’s completely innocuous, and I know we’re re-examining the Revolutionary Era and the Founding Fathers owned slaves and that’s bad, but we were the good guys in the Revolutionary War. The Redcoats were actually bad guys. There was that whole Boston Massacre and everything. They weren’t perfect, but this is not the same as a Confederate Battle Standard.

But at the end of the day, this is just more manufactured outrage, sort of like that The Little Mermaid thing from last week. These things almost only get big when there are a very small number of people angry about a thing and a large number of people angry at those people. This one was just particularly silly because, one last time, say it with me, Chris Pratt isn’t political at all.

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