After Twitter Drags Chris Pratt, Wife & Celebs Rush to His Defense

Wednesday October 21, 2020

Chris Pratt during an interview at the Fellow Bar in Los Angeles.
Chris Pratt during an interview at the Fellow Bar in Los Angeles.  (Source:AP Photo/Jeff Turner)

Twitter declared Chris Pratt "the worst" Chris in Hollywood (his competition includes Chris Evans, Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth) amid speculation that the "Guardians of the Galaxy" star is a Republican...but his wife Katherine Schwarzenegger and fellow celebs are rushing to his defense on social media.

The drama all started after filmmaker Amy Berg tweeted pics of the four actors who share the same name, asking her followers which Chris "has to go."

It seemed like the overwhelming response was to boot Pratt from the Cool Chris Club. Around the same time, Twitter began speculating (again) over Pratt's political leanings. Jezebel noted that stars from many of Disney's Marvel films recently participated in a fundraising event for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Among the participants reportedly included Don Cheadle, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, and Zoe Saldana. Missing was Pratt, who, as noted, is married to the daughter of former Republican California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, who, according to Wikipedia, is a registered Independent.

"The fact that Pratt is not participating in this debacle, when like, almost every other Avenger is, led to widespread (Twitter) speculation that Pratt's refusal to do so is because he is, in fact, a MAGA-loving, big, red, too-buff Republican," Jezebel writes.

On Tuesday, Jezebel followed up with an investigative piece looking into Pratt's Internet history to see if indeed he is a Republican. Click here to check that out. In Vanity Fair's report, the outlet writes:

But Pratt has never expressed public support for any political party (although he reportedly donated money to former President Barack Obama's reelection campaign in 2012 and to Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's failed presidential run last year). In 2017, as part of a cover story for Men's Journal, the actor expressed unease about political discourse. "I really feel there's common ground out there that's missed because we focus on the things that separate us. You're either the red state or the blue state, the left or the right. Not everything is politics," he said. During that same interview, Pratt claimed he did not feel "represented by either side." But, he added, "I do feel like I relate to everybody—to the struggles of people both out here and where I grew up. I feel like I could have a beer or a meal with just about anyone and find something to relate to."

People magazine reports that E! News asked its Instagram followers which Hollywood Chris is the best, sparking Schwarzenegger to comment and defend her husband.

"Is this really what we need?" she wrote. "There's so much going on in the world and people are struggling in so many ways. 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."

Other celebs also defended the "Jurassic World" star, including "Avengers" stars Robert Downey Jr. and Ruffalo.

"Guardians" director James Gunn and star Zoe Saldana also showed support for Pratt on social media.

Pratt has come under fire a few times in the last few years. Just earlier this month, he drew a backlash when he urged fans to vote...not for the upcoming presidential election but for his Pixar movie "Onward" at the People's Choice Awards. But more notably, out actor Ellen Page called out Pratt last year for being a member of Hillsong Church, which the "Juno" star said is "infamously anti-LGBTQ." Pratt defended Hillsong against Page's comments on Instagram at the time, though he neither specifically mentions the megachurch nor the openly lesbian actress.

"It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which 'hates a certain group of people' and is 'infamously anti-LGBTQ,'" he wrote. "Nothing could be further from the truth.

"I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone. Despite what the Bible says about divorce my church community was there for me every step of the way, never judging, just gracefully accompanying me on my walk," Pratt went on to say, referencing his split with actress Anna Farris. "They helped me tremendously offering love and support.

"It is what I have seen them do for others on countless occasions regardless of sexual orientation, race or gender," he continued. "My faith is important to me but no church defines me or my life, and I am not a spokesman for any church or group of people.

"My values define who I am. We need less hate in this world, not more," Pratt added. "I am a man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want, free from the judgment of their fellow man.

"Jesus said, 'I give you a new command, love one another,'" he said. "This is what guides me in my life. He is a God of Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness. Hates has no place in my or this world."

Below find some of the best Twitter reactions to the recent Pratt situation.

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