Chris Pratt, known for his role as Andy Dwyer in the sitcom “Parks and Recreation” and Peter Quill in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” has sparked some conversation online after a recent interview with “Men’s Health” magazine. In case you’re unaware, Pratt is sometimes known as “the least favorite Chris.” Some people reference an infamous Twitter poll from 2020 where Pratt came in last among other people in Hollywood named Chris. In November of last year, Pratt posted about his infant daughter and second wife, Katherine Schwarzenegger that rubbed many people the wrong way.
Chris Pratt says he cried over backlash for “healthy daughter” post which was seen as insensitive because his son with Faris suffered health issues:
“That is f–ked up. My son’s gonna read that one day. He’s 9. And it’s etched in digital stone. It really f–king bothered me, dude” pic.twitter.com/NS0RgakFhC
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) June 28, 2022
In the tribute, he made some comments people did not find appropriate saying that Schwarzenegger gave him a gorgeous healthy daughter”. Some found it to be a jab at his previous wife, Anna Faris, and their son, who was born prematurely and suffers from health conditions because of that. Pratt has also gotten consistent backlash for being associated with the well-known church Hillsong, which has been vocal about its non-LGBT-affirming stance. In 2019, actor Elliot Page called him out for this very thing, saying “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.”
I feel like one of the key aspects to the dislikability of Chris Pratt is the very obvious efforts by a PR team to engineer a sense of effortless casual charm that hasn't been there for a long time. https://t.co/ofzqoFDPHp
— RTL3 (@RussellLatshaw) June 28, 2022
Pratt continues to deny this saying “Nothing could be further from the truth. I am a man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want free from the judgment of their fellow man.” Now, in his cover story interview with Men’s Health, he denies that he’s ever attended Hillsong saying “I never went to Hillsong. I’ve never actually been to Hillsong. I don’t know anyone from that church.” When asked why he didn’t say this at the time, he replied that he felt uncomfortable calling out an entire church. He continues to say “I didn’t know that I would kind of become the face of religion when really I’m not a religious person. I think there’s a distinction between being religious—adhering to the customs created by man, oftentimes appropriating the awe reserved for who I believe is a very real God—and using it to control people.” In the interview, it is revealed he actually attends “Zoe Church.” And although it is not the same church as Hillsong, it’s also anti-LGBT, as the pastor has “executive-produced a 2017 film that equated “sexual brokenness” with “same-sex attraction.”
The people defending Chris Pratt here completely wiped away the context and timing of when he posted that “healthy daughter” spiel. It was *purposely* spiting Anna Faris and why people ate him up.
Not everything is a random “cancel culture” attack. Justified draggings happen. https://t.co/3yCK5H6mfz
— 🍒Mel🍒 (@Tokyo_Gaming_) June 28, 2022
But, Pratt isn’t just being dragged to clearing up his religious ties. In response to that post about his current wife and daughter, he said “My son’s gonna read that one day. He’s nine. And it’s etched in digital stone… cried about it. I was like, I hate that these blessings in my life are—to the people close to me—a real burden.” On Twitter, one person wrote “People did not make negative comments about his son. He made an insensitive post about his kids that seemed insulting to his son. People called him out for it and defended his son. It’s his own fault.”
Many also pointed out that he has been spotted at Hillsong church, and although he may not regularly attend, some thought it was strange he claimed he never went to their services. Although it seems that the point of the interview was to generate good PR for Pratt, especially as he has new movies coming out soon, it seemed to create more dislike for the actor while previous colleagues speak out in support of him.