An innocent Twitter game went wrong on Saturday evening as TV writer Amy Berg made a post showing a quadrant of photos on Twitter showcasing four famous actors: Chris Pratt, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine, captioning the tweet with, “One has to go.”
“Woke” Twitter was quick to pounce onto the opportunity to attack Chris Pratt due to his Christian faith. Social media users posting in their thousands demonised Pratt for going against the politically correct status quo. One user suggested Pratt’s innocuous bio radiated “homophobic white Christian supremacist energy.”
Pratt has not been overly political in his public statements, in 2017 Pratt told Men’s Fitness “I don’t feel represented by either side. I really feel there’s common ground out there that’s missed because we focus on the things that separate us.” Attacks on Pratt are not new, with actress Ellen Page mocking Pratt for conservative leanings, tweeting that Pratt’s church was “Anti-LGBTQ.”
Pratt followed with a response on Instagram. “It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates a certain group of people’ and is ‘infamously anti–LGBTQ.’ Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.”
“My faith is important to me but no church defines me or my life and I am not spokesman for any church or any group of people,” Pratt continued. “My values define who I am. We need less hate in this world, not more. I am a man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want free from the judgment of their fellow man.” He concluded, “Jesus said, ‘I give you a new command, love one another.’ This is what guides me in my life. He is a God of Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness. Hate has no place in my or this world.”
This is not the first time Pratt has taken an unpopular stance on issues.
In July 2018, after “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn was fired by Disney after distasteful jokes came to light on Twitter, Pratt wrote, “Although I don’t support James Gunn’s inappropriate jokes from years ago, he is a good man. I’d personally love to see him reinstated as director of Volume 3.”
An open letter was referenced to by Pratt from the cast of the film, with the following contents:
“There is little due process in the court of public opinion. James is likely not the last good person to be put on trial. Given the growing political divide in this country, it’s safe to say
instances like this will continue. Although we hope Americans from across the political spectrum can ease up on the character assassinations and stop weaponizing mob mentality.
It is our hope that what has transpired can serve as an example for all of us to realize the enormous responsibility we have to ourselves and to each other regarding the use of our written words when we etch them in digital stone; that we as a society may learn from this experience and in the future will think twice before we decide what we want to express; and in so learning perhaps can harness this capability to help and heal instead of hurting each other.”