Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt has once again found himself on the wrong side of liberal Hollywood for the grave crime of simply existing as a Christian in America.
Pratt was informally “cancelled” this week after a viral meme called on social media users to pick the “worst Chris.” The image featured Pratt alongside fellow Avengers Chris Evans and Chris Hemmesworth as well as actor Chris Pine. Apparently, users felt Pratt was the “worst Chris” — citing his absence from a Joe Biden fundraiser featuring the Avengers cast.
The social media backlash prompted a wave of support from Pratt’s co-stars — most notably from Robert Downey Jr, who plays Iron Man in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.
“What a world … The ‘sinless’ are casting stones at my brother, Chris Pratt … 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,” he said. “If you take issue with Chris … I’ve got a novel idea. Delete your social media accounts, sit with your OWN defects of character, work on THEM, then celebrate your humanness.”
Of course, this wasn’t Pratt’s first offense against Hollywood dogma. Pratt has previously been in the crosshairs of the blue checkmark brigade over his public Christian faith. Social media users have charged that the church he attends promotes anti-LGBTQ views. The actor has denied those claims.
“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,” Pratt said at the time. “I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.”
He was also cancelled for being seen in a shirt featuring the Gadsden Flag, a historical reference to the American Revolution. That flag isn’t explicitly political, but it does celebrate America’s history — so in all fairness you are more likely to find it worn by a conservative. But that isn’t the point. All Pratt had to do was not be a stereotypical Hollywood liberal.
Pratt makes a notable decision to avoid getting into politics on social media — or seemingly anywhere else. He isn’t like other actors such as Jon Voight, who openly rebel against the Hollywood establishment with their public conservatism.
This incident once again underscores the cold truth that our culture is dominated and dictated by an ideological elite — and that elite will not hesitate to purge anyone who dares to think differently than they do.
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