Chris Pratt Takes Heat Over Jokes About Voting: ‘This Is Super Insensitive’
Actor Chris Pratt, a man notorious for sharing his Christian faith publicly, is no stranger to taking heat for cracking jokes or showing support for hunting and our military, which is why it’s not surprising that a recent post he made to promote his Pixar film, “Onward,” in the upcoming People’s Choice Awards is getting a lot of pushback.
The 41-year-old Marvel star wrote on his Instagram, “With all that’s going on in the world it is more important than ever that you vote. Just ask any celebrity. They will tell you. Every day. Several times a day. To vote. But me? I will tell you EXACTLY who to vote for.”
“The heroes before us did not spill their blood only to have their sacrifices wasted by your apathy,” Pratt said. “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,” the actor concluded. “Or else. You WILL die. No hyperbole. Click the link in my bio. Let your voice be heard.”
Pratt’s comments section was flooded with both negative and positive praise.
“I get this is supposed to be a cute little joke but it comes off as really insensitive. The upcoming election is really important and everyone should vote and for you to try and take that and turn it into an ad for your movie is low,” one person wrote.
“This is super insensitive. Read the room. Oh wait you did and decided to mock people,” another said.
While another followed pointed out, “YIKES. Imagine the amount of privilege one person can have to write this tone-deaf post.”
So there was obviously a lot of negativity on the post, but there were some people that still managed to have a sense of humor who understood the joke and called out the PC Police for their virtue signaling.
“Geez. Everyone really has lost their sense of humor. This is just a lighthearted post and there’s nothing wrong with that. No one’s going to take the election less seriously because Chris Pratt posted about the People’s Choice Awards,” said one user.
“He is just trying to make a light hearted joke because times are tough right now,” wrote another person.
Someone else said, “People literally are so sensitive about everything, grow a backbone and take a joke. It’s madness.”
Pratt himself has not come out to endorse a candidate publicly, though back in 2017, he told Men’s Fitness that he really didn’t feel represented by either of the two major political parties in America.