What seemed like an innocent Twitter poll recently got out of hand. When forced to pick their favorite famous Chris, many took the opportunity to voice their dislike for actor Chris Pratt, for a variety of reasons. Thankfully, his wife, co-stars, and friends stood by his side, defending the Guardians of The Galaxy actor!
Choose Between Four Chrises
A tweet about actors Chris Pratt, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, and Chris Evans went viral on Twitter – and ultimately went a little too far. “One has to go,” the tweet read, asking users to throw out one of the Chrises from the four. While the tweet was initially likely meant as a joke, given four famous actors all share the same name. However, users took the opportunity to use Pratt as a scapegoat. Many started insulting the actor, calling him a bad actor, while some claimed he should be canceled due to allegedly being a Trump supporter. There’s no proof of that claim, by the way. Some also alleged he worships at an anti-LGBT church, though the actor has denied the claims many times. Needless to say, having Twitter call you “the worst Chris” and wishing ill-will cannot feel great. Thankfully, many came to Pratt’s aid during the difficult time…
Author Katherine Schwarzenegger, eldest child of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Pratt’s wife, became the first to defend her husband. “Is this really what we need? There’s so much going on in the world and people struggling in so many ways,” she tweeted. “Being mean is so yesterday. There’s enough room to love all these guys. Love is what we all need not meanness and bullying. Let’s try that.” Soon enough, Schwarzenegger became only the first loud voice to support Pratt…
Defending Chris Pratt
Within hours, many other Marvel Cinematic Universe took to Twitter to call out mean users. “I know him personally, and instead of casting aspersions, look at how he lives his life. He is just not overtly political as a rule. This is a distraction. Let’s keep our eyes on the prize, friends. We are so close now,” actor and co-star Mark Ruffalo said.
Meanwhile, iconic actor Robert Downey Jr. shared a behind-the-scenes picture of him and Pratt on the set of Avengers: End Game. “What a world… The “sinless” are casting stones at my #brother, Chris Pratt,” Downey Jr. wrote. “A real #Christian who lives by #principle, has never demonstrated anything but #positivity and #gratitude… AND he just married into a family that makes space for civil discourse and (just plain fact) INSISTS on service as the highest value,” Downey wrote in the post. He then proceeded to give the haters good advice: delete their accounts and work on their character traits.
As the hours went on, more and more of Hollywood’s most famous stuck their neck out for Pratt. “No matter how hard it gets, stick your chest out, keep your head up and handle it. Your family, friends, colleagues & everyone who’s ever crossed paths with you knows your heart and your worth!” tweeted Zoe Saldana, who starred with Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy. The film’s director, James Gunn, also called Pratt a great man. “I’ve spent hours & hours sharing my deepest truths with this man, as he has with me. Please stop assuming what he believes, politically or in any other way, because he’s a Christian,” he said.
Although Pratt received most of the hate, Amy Berg, the documentarian who worked on Deliver Us From Evil, West of Memphis, and Janis: Little Girl Blue, also earned some hate. Why? Well, the author of the original Four Chrises tweet shares Berg’s name. So, when many read the story online, they thought the documentarian had authored the original tweet. What a case of mistaken identity! “What a way to wake up,” Berg responded. “This is not me. Hundreds of hate messages on all social media platforms! I strongly disagree with this Amy Berg’s tweet and not a big fan of cancel culture. Thank you. #ChrisPratt.”