Another day, another controversy. Of course, if we're being totally honest, this one has kind of been going on for a while. On Oct. 17, a Twitter post of Chris Pratt, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and Chris Pine was shared with the caption, "One has to go." The response? Overwhelmingly, Twitter users voted Chris Pratt off of "Chris Island," with many saying that he "was banished from Chris Island years ago."
So, what's with the banishment? Why have people been mad at Chris Pratt for so many years, and why is that hate coming out in full force now?
Why are people mad at Chris Pratt?
It seems the recent resurgence of Pratt hate has come about due to one of his social media posts. While there are some public figures who have been outspoken about who they are or aren't voting for, Chris has kept very mum on the issue. Except for one Instagram post in which he encouraged everyone to vote — for his movie to win a People's Choice Award.
"The upcoming 2020 People’s Choice Awards is the most consequential vote in the history of mankind times a million infinity. Vote for #Onward for family movie of the year. Or else. You WILL die. No hyperbole," he wrote. While some considered it to be a funny joke, others thought it was a little tone deaf to be joking about an election during a year when more than 221,000 Americans died from COVID-19 — no hyperbole.
Unfortunately for Chris, his post and his lack of any other political discussion got a lot of people talking. And most of the discussion wasn't in his favor. For one thing, it's widely been reported that Chris is a supporter of President Trump. This, however, remains something that is only speculation.
Chris has previously said, "You’re either the red state or the blue state, the left or the right. Not everything is politics. And maybe that’s something I’d want to help bridge, because I don’t feel represented by either side.” This would suggest that the actor doesn't identify as a Republican or Democrat.
He has also previously shared writing by his father-in-law, Arnold Schwarzenegger, online. Arnold, and his daughter and Chris's wife, Katherine, have both been outspoken about their dislike for Trump.
However, there are other aspects of Chris's beliefs that cause some people to believe he sides with Trump. For one thing, he was spotted wearing the Gadsden flag, which has been co-opted and frequently utilized by white supremacist organizations. He also has been accused of homophobia, as he's reportedly a member of the Zoe Church, which is famously anti-LGBTQ.
"If you are a famous actor and you belong to an organization that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed. Being anti-LGBTQ is wrong, there aren’t two sides," Ellen Page called him out on Twitter.
If you are a famous actor and you belong to an organization that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed. Being anti LGBTQ is wrong, there aren’t two sides. The damage it causes is severe. Full stop. Sending love to all— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) February 9, 2019
Animal rights activists have also been upset with Chris for quite some time, for multiple reasons. For one thing, he's outspoken about his love of hunting. For another thing, he rather famously gave away his cat online. Back in 2011, he sent out a now-deleted tweet, saying, "Anyone in the LA area want a cat? Full disclosure, she’s old and prone to accidents. So sweet though.”
He received a good deal of flack for attempting to give away a 15-year-old cat so cavalierly to a stranger online, so he followed up the tweet with a now-deleted blog post, which read, "Bottom line, and not that this is any of your f--king business weirdos, but my wife and I want to start a family and we ABSOLUTELY CANNOT have an animal that s--ts all over the house. Sorry. If you are a parent you will understand. And if not, that probably explains why you have such a hard on for cats. Just sayin'."
That, um, classy response was also not well-received. And he did end up giving his 15-year-old cat (who starred in Stuart Little as Snowball, by the way) away to someone he met online.
Marvel actors have gotten in on the conversation — and are now being called out as well.
Because of all the flack that Chris Pratt has been receiving online lately, several of his co-stars have decided to weigh in on the discussion. "You all, @prattprattpratt is as solid a man there is. 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," Mark Ruffalo wrote.
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn quote-tweeted Mark to add, "Sorry. Just finding out about this nonsense. @prattprattpratt is the best dude in the world. 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."
Over on Instagram, Robert Downey Jr. said, "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."
Where was this energy when Brie Larson was massively harassed for months just for advocating for diversity in the industry? And they all knew about it. Suddenly Chris Pratt gets some criticism and they all come to his defense? The bar is hell. pic.twitter.com/4mmlfxFkig— 𝓪𝓁𝒾𝒶𝓈 (@itsjustanx) October 20, 2020
It wasn't lost on a lot of fans that those who were defending Chris Pratt didn't stand up for other Marvel actors who were bullied online, particularly Brie Larson, Zendaya, and Tessa Thompson, who were welcomed into the Marvel family with sexist and racist vitriol. When asked about why he didn't defend Brie the same way he did Chris, James Gunn responded, "I didn’t know about the Brie Larson stuff."