Chris Pratt has been trending the last few days for something that started out as a kind of Twitter joke, but seems to have turned into a more serious topic pointing to what could be. the “dark side” of the image of the popular actor from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where he plays Peter Quill, the superhero better known as ‘Star Lord’.
Although the actor himself has finally spoken about the title that has been given to him on social networks, “worst Chris” from Hollywood, – an old Twitter joke that resurfaced with a poll from the producer Amy Berg to choose between Pratt and his co-stars Chris Evans, Chris Pine, Chris Hemsworth following the absence of the ‘Star Lord’ at a fundraising event for Joe Biden– what many consider defects in his public image (and private life) has been exposed.
The taunts and comments have shown a clear contrast with the general perception that has been given of the son-in-law of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has risen to fame gradually over the past 15 years, starting with teenage roles in drama series such as ‘Everwood’ and ‘The OC’, maturing as a comedian in six seasons of the sitcom ‘Parks & Recreations’ and with small roles. in cinema until hitting the fat man with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Jurassic World’, which has usually been that of a good subject, an affable and simple guy, with some character exceptions that have been harshly questioned in networks … and they are not something recent.
Although in 2014, when he rose to fame as ‘Star Lord’, Pratt was popular and beloved, in just five years he has progressively lost favor with the public for various reasons, including his sudden and inexplicable divorce from Anna Faris, the mother of her first child, whom she left virtually overnight amid a series of rumors about secret rifts on the home front. Although some were not so secret: Pratt tried to give Faris’s cat through Twitter and, although many interpreted it as one more of his practical jokes, it was clear that it was not and that the marriage, which had been reflected as nice , had problems that ended in a divorce in 2017.
Another reason why Pratt has also been highly questioned by the public in networks was a tweet published by Elliot Page in 2019, prior to his gender transition, with which he questioned the actor for be openly linked to a church that actively opposes the recognition and seeks to reverse LGBTQ + rights, as well as being an institution that supports conversion therapies and has maintained a homophobic position internationally.
The Hillsong church, to whose Los Angeles affiliate (The Church of Zoe) Chris Pratt belongs, urged its members to vote against marriage equality in Australia in 2017 and Pratt’s regular place of worship pastor served as executive producer. from a movie that portrayed homosexuality as a “sexual disease” and it has generally been involved in controversies of this tenor. Although Pratt has never (thus far) made a public comment that sounds like homophobia, this was the first tough topic ever thrown in his face.
The actor responded to Page saying that his was a Christian church, “that welcomes everyone.”
Other users joined the chorus and criticized Pratt’s political affiliations. Is the ‘Star Lord’ a supporter of Donald Trump? Although Pratt rarely talks about politics, fans in networks and forums regularly infer that he leans to the right, although he has been clear in pointing out that he does not identify with any of the political options that his country offers him.
“I really feel like there are common ground that has been lost because we focus on the things that separate us. Either you are the red state or the blue state, the left or the right. Not everything is politics. And maybe that is something that I would like to help overcome, because I do not feel represented by either party, “he said during an interview with People prior to the November elections. (One detail that should be noted is that since June of 2019, Pratt belongs peripherally to the Kennedy clan, since his second wife, Katherine Schwarzenegger is the daughter of Maria Shriver, in turn granddaughter of Joseph and Rose, the patriarchs of the family and therefore, niece of JFK, in addition to her current father-in-law, Arnold, is, to date, the last Republican governor in the state of California)
During the campaign, let’s remember, film directors Joe and Anthony Russo announced that they would perform a multi-star Avengers fundraiser in support of today’s President-elect Joe Biden. Pratt’s notorious absence sparked a series of tweets claiming he was a supporter of Donald Trump, which has not transcended the realm of speculation.
Following these negative comments directed at his partner, who had remained silent until he posted a video this week, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. intervened to combat this slander.
Ruffalo berated Twitter users for bullying his colleague, who appeared alongside him in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ in 2018 and ‘Avengers: Endgame’ in 2019.
“Know all of you, @prattprattpratt is such a solid man. I know him personally, and instead of slandering, see how he lives his life. He’s just not overtly political as a rule.”
For his part, Downey Jr., who returned to fame by playing Tony Stark (Iron Man) for more than 10 years, also came out in defense of Pratt, on the Instagram platform: “The ‘sin free’ throw stones at my brother, Chris Pratt [que es] a true Christian, lives by principle, has never shown anything but positivity and gratitude. “
This is all very well if it weren’t for the fact that Ruffalo and Downey Jr. had their morale doubled quite a bit. Having failed to speak when Brie Larson was selected to play Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel, one of the few high-profile female figures in the Marvel universe, the Oscar winner was the target of a barrage of attacks for being overtly feminist. Or when Tessa Thompson, who is black, was selected to play Valkyrie (traditionally depicted as a Norse woman in comics, where she exists as a fictional character) in ‘Thor Ragnarok’ and spoke about the possibility of Marvel movies being more diverse, she was also brutally attacked in networks.
On both occasions, both Ruffalo, Downey Jr. and Pratt himself opted for the omission, while Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth did raise their voices to defend their companions: Evans declaring on television that there was no better actress to play the role. more powerful woman in the Marvel universe than Larson, while on the ‘Thor Ragnarok’ media tour, Hemsworth did not tire of praising Thompson’s work and the choice made by filmmaker Taika Waititi to cast her in a key role. Interestingly, in the face of the controversy, Ruffalo, who had the opportunity to speak first-hand, did not.
Surely considering that Hemsworth and Cate Blanchett (co-star of the film) cut the subject at once, it was enough. That, or a simple case of somewhat hypocritical camaraderie between friends, something that is not alien to the world of Hollywood.
Perhaps Pratt’s most eloquent defense was that of his wife, Katherine, who has created a career as a writer of books on personal philosophy, the most recent, precisely focused on the figure of forgiveness.
Through an Instagram post, the eldest daughter of the famous ‘Terminator’ proposed the following about the trend against her husband, which she herself described as ‘bullying’:
“Is this really what we need? Many things are happening in the world and people are struggling in many ways. Being cruel is out of date. There is enough space in the world to love all kinds of people no matter what they are. Love is what we all need, not pettiness and bullying. Let’s try it. Let’s be tolerant“.
Although we agree or not with the treatment that this actor – who on the other hand should not complain: he is white, a man and a movie star -, in a world where the public image is practically everything and social networks can bury Any public figure, it is important to have a context and if there is someone responsible for this media ‘rejection’, it is nobody but Pratt.
The truth is that the attacks on you would seem unjustified, even if they may reveal aspects that represent unpopular opinions or positions. And it is that Pratt has every right to believe and support politically what he wants, beyond any other opinion.
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Chris Pratt and the joke that further tarnished his public image