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Chris Pratt Faces Backlash For Wearing A Controversial Far-Right American Flag T-Shirt

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Conservatives in the United States like to refer to the liberal Hollywood elite, but some very rich, very powerful stars are on the far-right end of the political spectrum.

Clint Eastwood famously spoke to a chair at the Republican National Convention. Jon Voight filmed a love letter to President Donald Trump that the POTUS pinned on his Twitter account. James Woods quit Twitter over their terms of service after being notified one of his far-right tweets needed to be deleted.

And Chris Pratt wore a symbol closely associated with White nationalist violence on a t-shirt.


Wait... What‽‽

The Revolutionary War era Gadsden flag of a rattlesnake with the inscription "Don't Tread On Me" on a yellow field has been adopted by far-right organizations including White supremacist and White nationalist groups. Similar to the Confederate battle flag, the emblem now gets seen most amongst the ultra-White—I mean right—wing ever since the Tea Party coopted it.

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So when Pratt was photographed wearing an updated version of the flag most often seen at White nationalist rallies or places with an abundance of tiki torches...

...people were a bit concerned.

Or mad.

Some people were definitely mad.

Hunter Harris invoked the (unrelated) words of Cher to express their feelings on the matter.

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Some thought, even though White supremacists have claimed the symbol as their own, people should take it back.

But how does one do that without looking like you support White nationalism?

People demoted Pratt in the Hollywood Chris hierarchy.






Some people had not gotten the memo though.



A brief history of the flag denotes the "most common association in modern times is with the Tea Party organization, Ku Klux Klan and Second Amendment enthusiasts."

Self-identified White nationalists used the flag for their activities, including the 2014 murders of a pair of police officers in Las Vegas by a couple that draped their bodies in the Gadsden flag and Swastikas.

People expressed concern over Pratt's career trajectory following in the footsteps of some other Hollywood conservatives.


Pratt is an avid hunter and gun rights advocate. The Gadsden flag is also associated with the gun rights movement which may be the message Pratt was trying to send.

Or maybe he just liked the shirt and knew nothing about the association with White nationalism. Only Pratt knows and so far he has remained silent.

The book Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America, available heree, is "based on a decade of deep immersion in previously classified FBI files and on extensive interviews. Bring the War Home tells the story of American paramilitarism and the birth of the alt-right."

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The wizarding world is now a reality.

Sort of.

A Canadian company has created a real life invisibility cloak, and it's mind-blowing to see in action.

The company, HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp., calls its creation "Quantum Stealth."

See it in action here:

'Invisibility cloak' that could hide tanks and troops looks closer to reality www.youtube.com

Describing themselves on their website as "Leaders in Camouflage, Concealment, and Deception", HyperStealth has patents pending on their magical invention.

The "invisibility shield" is made of an inexpensive, paper thin material that bends light to make objects appear to be invisible. The company boasts that it would be able to hide people, vehicles, and even buildings.

Humans hidden by Quantum Stealth would also be undetectable to heat-sensing cameras.

Meet the Canadian who created a real-life invisibility shield youtu.be

Guy Cramer, the CEO of HyperStealth and the shield's inventor explained to CTV News:

"This is the same material that you see in 3D books and DVD covers and movie posters where by moving side to side you get a 3D image. We're using the same material and we've removed the picture from behind it to get that effect."

The material was never meant to for public use, but Cramer hopes that his invention will be helpful to Canada's military allies, including the United States.

Since releasing video demonstrations of the "invisibility cloak", military personnel have become interested in learning more about it.

Reception to the prototype, initially demonstrated to militaries in 2011, was lukewarm. But HyperStealth's recent promotional materials have since caught the attention of higher ups.

Cramer has expressed surprise about the public's interest in "Quantum Stealth" on Twitter.

Cramer admitted to CTV that he has reservations about how the material can be used:

"The intention was to keep it out of the public and to allow the military to use it sparingly or bury it. My concern is the criminal element using this at some point in the future and non-allied countries using it against our soldiers out there."

Fans of the Harry Potter series are comparing "Quantum Stealth" to Harry's Invisibility Cloak.





Featured in both the book and movies, Harry's Invisibility Cloak is a made from a magical fabric that he and his friends wear to appear invisible, usually to hide from Hogwarts' staff.

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Twitter is in awe of the invention's unbelievable capabilities.





Though some people share Cramer's worries about it falling into the wrong hands and its use in warfare.





Despite the public's excitement and concerns, Cramer doubts that it will ever be available for civilian use.

When addressing "Quantum Stealth's availability to the general public, he wrote on the HyperStealth website:

"Not in the near future unless the Military decided to release the technology and I don't anticipate that will happen anytime soon."

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