Why Are Celebrities Defending Chris Pratt?

As you probably know, for the last several years Hollywood has been overrun with hunky white guys named Chris, leading to a casual debate over which Chris is superior. You’ve got Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt, and Chris Evans (all stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, to make matters more confusing), as well as Chris Pine. Each Chris has his own strengths and career achievements, but at the end of the day, they’re all doing very well. 

Well, they’re all doing well career-wise, but this hasn’t been a great week for Chris Pratt. Over the weekend, TV and film writer Amy Berg posted a tweet with photos of the four men mentioned above, and invited her followers to choose one to get rid of. If you’re on Twitter regularly, you’ve probably seen these kinds of celebrity prompts all the time, and discourse about “which Chris is the best Chris” isn’t a new phenomenon. As Berg’s tweet gained traction, it became clear in the replies that there was general consensus: Chris Pratt was getting voted off the island.

Yes, that’s Chris Pratt, who stole our hearts as the dumb-but-lovable Andy Dwyer in Parks & Rec, and has since become an action star in Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy. But the negative opinions on Twitter had less to do with his acting career, and instead focusing on his affiliation with the controversial Hillsong Church, as well as long-rumored conservative political views. While Pratt has never outwardly expressed political opinions, people on Twitter noted that he follows a few alt-right politicians on Instagram, and his church is notoriously anti-LGBTQ, promoting conversion therapy and opposing same-sex marriage.

But while this innocuous Twitter post—it wasn’t even a poll!—shouldn’t have really meant anything, instead, it became the kickstarter for a Hollywood controversy. After going semi-viral, Berg’s original tweet was picked up by some entertainment news sources, including E! News. Naturally they promoted the article on their Instagram feed, and more anti-Pratt comments flooded in on that post. This was apparently too much for Katherine Schwarzenegger, Pratt’s wife, to handle, and she fought back in the comments, accusing people of “meanness and bullying,” and saying that “being mean is so yesterday.” I love Hilary Duff too!

I’m not sure random people on Twitter trolling one of the world’s biggest movie stars counts as bullying, but overall, I’m not that mad about Katherine’s comment. Like, people are coming for her man, and she wants to defend him—that’s natural. I will always be team Anna Faris in this situation, but I get it.

But this whole thing took a turn for the bizarre, when later on Tuesday, some of Chris Pratt’s highest-profile co-stars Streisand Effect-ed this whole thing when they began chiming in with their own messages of support on social media. First, it was Mark Ruffalo, who said that Pratt is “as solid a man there is.” He urged us to “look at how he lives his life,” and added that Pratt is “just not overtly political as a rule.” This is a nice message, I guess, but the thing is, most of us have learned by now that the choice to be “not be overtly political” is one of privilege. Chris Pratt is someone with a large platform, so why shouldn’t he use that platform to advocate for marginalized communities?

Next in the sh*tty Avengers parade was Robert Downey Jr., who posted on Instagram that Pratt is “a real #Christian who lives by #principle.” Yeah, it’s the randomly placed hashtags for me. He then suggested that those who have issues with Chris Pratt should “Delete your social media accounts sit with your OWN defects of #character.” It’s one thing to defend your friend, but the end of this caption just feels patronizing. Fun fact: you’re allowed to call out someone else’s problematic beliefs even if you’re not 100% perfect yourself.


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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

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But for me, the icing on the cake was Zoe Saldana’s tweet. Quoting none other than Tupac Shakur, she encouraged her friend, “No matter how hard it gets, stick your chest out, keep your head up and handle it.” Then she told Pratt “you got this,” and said that anyone he’s ever met knows “your heart and your worth.” I’m sorry, but if I read  this tweet with no additional context, I would think that Chris Pratt just got diagnosed with terminal cancer or something. It’s nice to stick up for your friends, but this is too much! He’s getting called out on Twitter, not like, accused of a murder he didn’t commit. It is just not that serious.

This whole situation brings me back to a few months ago, when famous people were coming out of the woodwork to defend their pal Ellen DeGeneres. The main difference? With allegations about her the work environment at her show and her leadership swirling, Ellen was actually going through a tough time. Chris Pratt just got dragged in the reply section of a tweet—no one is taking away his movie career, and this will all pass in about a week. This man will be absolutely fine! If Chris Pratt doesn’t want to say who he votes for, that’s his decision. But he’s a public figure, and if people on Twitter want to use some widely available context clues to figure out where he likely stands, that’s their right. If they’re wrong, Chris, feel free to speak up and correct the record; don’t be shy.

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Celebrities You Never Knew Attended the Same School

Most of us dread the thought of our high school days. For me, it’s awkward memories filled with braces and embarrassing stories. I have trouble remembering a large portion of my classmates, but if I had celebrity classmates, you can bet your bottom dollar I would remember them. What I gather from reading celebrity blind items is that Hollywood is a weird incestuous place where everybody knows each other. And often times, celebrities knew each other before they become famous. Like, a bunch of them even went to the same high schools. So random. Here is a list of the most famous celebrity classmates.

1. Nicky Hilton and Lady Gaga

Back when Lady Gaga was just Stephani, she and Nicky Hilton attended Convent of the Sacred Heart, an all-girls private Catholic school in NYC. Although Paris also went to the same school, Gaga didn’t see much of her since she was older. This duo just goes to show you that even though two girls started at the same school, they ended up in the public eye in very different ways.

2. Cameron Diaz and Snoop Dogg

The two attended Long Beach Polytechnic High school in California. Back in the day, Snoop was known as Calvin Broadus, but according to Diaz, he looked very similar. She has said, “He was a year older than me… I remember him, he was very tall and skinny. He wore lots of ponytails.” She is also “pretty sure” she bought weed from him. Some things never change.

3. Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman

Not only did these two successful actors go to high school together, but they have remained friends. The two attended North Sydney Girls’ High School, an all girl’s high school in Sydney’s north shore.

4. Eddie Redmayne and Prince William

The two men attended Eton, an all-boys boarding school in England. This school is considered to be rather pretentious prestigious, costing about $46,780.80 per year. Wow. But hey, the next king and an Oscar winner deserve nothing but the best, right?

5. Sean Penn, Robert Downey Jr., Rob Lowe, and Charlie Sheen

There is clearly something in the water at this high school. These four men attended Santa Monica High School in the 1980s. Although Penn and Lowe were the only two of the four to graduate, you can’t deny that this school fostered some well-known names. For those wondering, Downey Jr. dropped out and Sheen was kicked out just a few weeks prior to graduation. Neither of those facts surprise me.

6. Liv Tyler, Kate Hudson, and Zooey Deschanel

The three attended Crossroads High School in Santa Monica. As children of celebrities, Tyler and Hudson had a lot in common and became friends growing up. Deschanel and Hudson acted in the school’s production of Don Quixote. Who would have thought the two would then go on to star in Almost Famous together? (Yes, Zooey was in it, IMDB it if you don’t believe me.) Hmm. The more you know.

7. Tupac Shakur And Jada Pinkett Smith

This is maybe not that surprising since it’s commonly known that Tupac and Jada were close. Still, Tupac and Jada attended Baltimore School for the Arts in Maryland in the mid-80s and became fast friends. On the first day of school, he introduced himself to her and according to Jada, they “hit it off from that moment on.” She reminisces on their friendship, saying that he “was one of my best friends, he was like a brother.

8. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck

If there is a better bromance in Hollywood, someone please let me know. Not only did the two attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Massachusetts for high school, but they actually met in the third grade. The two have been inseparable over the years and it clearly works to their advantage, staring and co-producing countless blockbuster Netflix-worthy shows and movies.

9. Adele, Jessie J, Leona Lewis, and Amy Winehouse

These four women with powerhouse voices attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in London. Jesse J and Adele were classmates, while Lewis and Winehouse were several years older. If you were to ask me about working on your singing, I’d say screw vocal lessons and attend this school. Who knows, maybe you’ll have some celebrity classmates of your own.

10. Adam Levine and Jonah Hill

We are ending this celebrity classmates list with a bang. Adam Levine and Jonah Hill not only attended junior high together but actually carpooled to school together. Hill said that “Our dads met in the principal’s office in junior high. We were in carpool, we lived at each other’s houses.” Since graduating, the two have remained close. Hill even officiated Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo’s wedding back in 2014.

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