Just this week, Chris Pratt was under major heat from Marvel fans around the United States for not attending Joe Biden’s fundraiser with the rest of his Avenger family. The fundraiser featured the entire cast, from Robert Downey Jr., Paul Rudd to Zoe Saldana, who all came together to show their support for presidential candidate, Joe Biden…everyone but Chris Pratt. It was assumed that Chris Pratt must have been a Trump supporter, if he was not in attendance. This became a huge speculation that the internet ate up and spit out. The chaos even rated Chris Pratt as the worst Hollywood Chris when pinned up against Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, and Chris Evans.
One has to go. pic.twitter.com/HUWnbQOA43
— Amy Berg (@bergopolis) October 17, 2020
But as it turns out, he may have never been invited at all, because he was in a different country and the time zones were too different. But lets break down why all the drama occurred in the first place.
The Root of the Speculation
Maybe he was sick or had prior engagements, right? Actually, the speculations did not completely come of thin air when Pratt was not zooming in from his home. Earlier this month, Pratt posted a joke about voting that did not sit well with many. In response to other celebrities urging people to vote in the upcoming election, Pratt took to Instagram to poke fun at the gesture, telling his fans to vote for his movie ‘Onward’ for People’s Choice Awards.
He captioned it, “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,” ending the lengthy caption with, “or else. YOU WILL DIE.”
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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. #onward The heroes before us did not spill their blood only to have their sacrifices wasted by your apathy. 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. Click the link in my bio. Let your voice be heard.
We all know Chris Pratt to be a funny guy, but was this joke crossing the line? Many people thought so, sharing their frustration online. This election might be the most important election of our lifetimes and people do not think it is funny to talk about it lightly, especially when celebrities do not use their voice to encourage others to take it seriously.
— Jarrett David (@jarrett_david) October 3, 2020
The way the Chris Pratt is telling people to vote for Onward for people’s choice instead of the actual election that means something is just screaming out Trump supporter 😐
— franki🪐 (@yo_ink_hoe) October 2, 2020
He has such a platform. Making light of the election isn’t fun, it’s irresponsible. If he doesn’t want to persuade people to vote one way or the other, then he just shouldn’t talk about the election or voting at all.
— savehorror (@savehorror) October 2, 2020
The Height of the Drama
When Chris Pratt was M.I.A from the Avengers x Biden fundraising event, that mixed with his lack of political voice, left a bad taste in the mouths of everyone watching. This stirred all types of chaos for the actor as the internet attacked him for his assumed irresponsible absence. While we know his wife, Katherine Schwarzenegger, will be voting for the former Vice President, Joe Biden, his silence and absence from Joe Biden’s fundraiser was thought to be in controversial support of Republican candidate, Donald Trump. This was met with significant hate from the internet.
(Please note: Chris Pratt has never publicly supported/endorsed Trump. This is all speculation)
just found out Chris Pratt is a trump supporter and homophobic- pic.twitter.com/QvTdWg9uur
— ᴴSofia²⁸ GOLDEN IS COMING (@breadstickLFTV) October 19, 2020
Me after I’ve been saying for years that Chris Pratt is a trump supporter and anti-lgbtq+ pic.twitter.com/UVGadz7emU
— Gia | blynation™ (@Platonictrash) October 19, 2020
The Avengers Assemble
His Avengers colleagues actually met the controversy with nothing but love for Pratt. Most of the celebrities took time to write supportive posts defending Chris Pratt’s ethics and personal morals, saying things like, “Chris Pratt… A real #Christian who lives by #principle, has never demonstrated anything but #positivityand #gratitude” and Ruffalo, a devote activist, called Pratt “as solid a man there is.”
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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. If you take issue with Chris,,, I’ve got a novel idea. Delete your social media accounts, sit with your OWN defects of #character, work on THEM, then celebrate your humanness… @prattprattpratt I #gotyerbackbackback
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 (@MarkRuffalo) October 20, 2020
Even Zoe Saldana got in on the support:
No matter how hard it gets, stick your chest out, keep your head up and handle it.
You got this @prattprattpratt . Your family, friends, colleagues & everyone who’s ever crossed paths with you knows your heart and your worth!
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) October 21, 2020
The New Information
Now that we have laid out all the drama surrounding Pratt’s absence at the Biden fundraiser, we have some new information that may clear things up for everyone. Maybe we are wishful thinking, but perhaps, Chris Pratt is not a secret Trump-supporter, but he was genuinely just not invited. According to an interview curated by Now This, Joe Russo, the Avengers director, stated that Chris Pratt was never invited to the fundraiser to begin with. Turns out, Pratt has been out of the country filming the new Jurassic Park movie and his time zone was too difficult to work with.
Russo said, “but we easily would have asked him to participate, if he were here, and he were available for the event. So we felt that it was inappropriate that people were making assumptions about his politics, about who he is as a person, about his integrity, because they’re all false. And we can tell you that because we know him personally … and we know the truth.”
Maybe this does not clear his name completely as Pratt has been the center of past political drama, but it is a *sigh* of relief for those who thought he was protesting Biden by not showing up.