Chris Pratt is a really awesome dude.
He’s funny, down-to-earth, and watching him rise to fame and fortune has been gratifying considering he seems like such a regular dude.
He’s also one of the few actors in Hollywood who’s open about his faith in Jesus, but he generally avoids dogma, ideology, and politics, to just be what appears to be his natural self.
So it’s particularly hilarious to read TV Guide writer Kaitlin Thomas’ (no, I’d never heard of her either and was also surprised to find that TV Guide was still a thing) attempt to tease something controversial out of his relatively benign public personality.
In her article How to Love Chris Pratt Without Hating Yourself, which is likely a desperate plea to be noticed by HuffPo or Slate (I had to check several times to make sure I had not, in fact, stumbled onto one of those sites while reading it), the woman masterfully nit-picks hilariously non-controversial things out of his career to find something to dislike about the actor.
The elephant in the room, of course, is that Chris Pratt, for all his star power in the most ideologically divisive era of our time, is just not that ideological, and it’s absolutely killing Thomas. Add that to the fact that she’s been vocal about his faith, and it’s hard not to imagine that Thomas is looking for anything to dislike about him so she doesn’t have to outright say she can’t stand that he’s a Christian.
Here are some examples of her manufactured bones to pick with the amiable star:
- He gave away his cat when he had kids on the way (…so?)
- He likes to hunt
- He raises lambs for farm-to-table meat
- He asked Instagram users to turn up the volume which is apparently very insensitive to the hearing-impaired
All this, somehow, earned him the status of being “the most complicated and divisive of the Chrises” in a Christmas series on 24 days of actors named “Chris.”
Hollywood is full of actors who get caught going on drug binges, cheating on their spouses, punching reporters, making radical, politically-alienating statements, sexually harassing co-stars…and yet Chris Pratt is complicated and divisive?
The article likely seems confusing because, again, she’s refusing to just come out and say what she doesn’t like about him: he refuses to be a cookie-cutter Hollywood liberal and he talks about Jesus.