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Junk Explained: Why Does Everyone Think Chris Pratt Is The Worst Chris In Hollywood?

Chris Pratt IS the worst Chris in Hollywood and that's not up for debate.

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Every few months, the internet poses the age-old question: Which Hollywood Chris is the superior Chris — Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Chris Pine or Chris Pratt?

And without fail, Chris Pratt is always the one that ranks last, which is normally fine. It is, after all, the dumbest, most trivial debate known to man. But for some strange reason, the question really struck a nerve this week, with a number of Marvel Universe stars instantly coming to the worst Chris’ defence.

Despite none of these celebrities coming to Brie Larson’s aid when she was viciously trolled for advocating for diversity in the industry, MCU actors like Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr decided that it was Chris Pratt that needed protection… against people jokingly claiming he was the fourth best Chris in Hollywood.

How ever will Chris Pratt — a millionaire, famous actor and white man — ever go on which such targeted harassment?

Honestly, the rush to defend Chris Pratt is very strange to see — especially over something so menial as a silly ranking of which famous white Chris is superior.

Mark Ruffalo’s message of support, for example, makes it out as if the actor was embroiled in a terrible scandal, while Zoe Saldana’s tweet implies that Pratt is going through some absolutely dreadful hardship.  In reality, Chris Pratt was literally just voted to be the fourth best Chris in Hollywood on a tongue-in-cheek Twitter poll.

So, to understand why he consistently ranks so poorly, let’s dive into everything that people think is wrong with Chris Pratt:

Chris Pratt Is Conservative, Probably Very Likely A Republican

Mark Ruffalo’s earnest tweet of support made one glaring error: Ruffalo wrote that Chris Pratt is “not overtly political”, which is a huge stretch.

All signs point to Pratt being a Republican. Not only is the actor now married to Katherine Schwarzenegger — daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was an action movie star turned Republican Governor — but Chris Pratt’s social media use doesn’t look so red hot either.

A quick look at who Pratt follows on Instagram is a great way to gauge his political standing. Among the 525 people he follows are: Right-wing shit stain, Ben Shapiro, Republican politicians like Dan Crenshaw, and even groups like PragerU, which literally focus on creating videos from conservative perspectives.

Pratt also follows Turning Point USA, a right-wing organisation that advocates for conservatism in schools. To explain how terrible Turning Point USA is, the group literally created a ‘Professor Watchlist‘ that identifies professors who “discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom”.

So it’s pretty hard to say someone is not “overtly political” when they follow such right-leaning people and pages, and literally wear shirts with photos of the Gadsden flag with the words “Don’t tread on me” — a motto that originated in the Revolutionary War, and has since become associated with white supremacy.

Pratt, sadly, is also very into hunting, which in itself isn’t necessarily political but his pro-gun stance and support for the Second Amendment should be noted.

While chatting to Outdoor Life in 2012, the Jurassic World lead simply stated: “Hunting is in my blood”. Then, in 2014 interview with Esquire, Chris Pratt went a little deeper and shared that he owned an “thirty or forty gun arsenal” and told his ex-wife Anna Faris that if a “crazy person comes to their house while he’s in Louisiana, [he] necessitates her ‘blowing their fucking brains out.'”

While very into guns, Pratt also explained in the same chat that he does believe in “firearm regulation, background checks and preventing guns from falling into the hands of the mentally ill”.

A deeper look into Pratt’s political views suggests that the actor may be pro-Trump. People quickly came to this conclusion after the actor skipped a fundraiser for the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris campaign earlier this month.

Held by Avengers directors Joe and Anthony Russo, headlines read that the virtual event was assembling a bunch of Marvel cast members, yet Pratt was missing in action.

However, Pratt did go on record in 2017 to say that he didn’t side with the democrats or the Republicans. “I don’t feel represented by either side,” Pratt said in Men’s Fitness magazine. “I really feel there’s common ground out there that’s missed because we focus on the things that separate us.”

Even if he is genuinely apolitical, that stance doesn’t do anything to endear him to fans, in the same way as other more politically motivated Chrises, like Chris Evans.

He Supports Hillsong, A Church Accused Of Being Anti-LGBTQI

Chris Pratt is sadly also a part of Hillsong (through the Los Angeles Zoe Church branch), a church accused of being “infamously anti-LGBTQI”.

This idea stems from questionable moments like the church urging its members to vote against same-sex marriage during the plebiscite, and Brian Houston, a ‘Global Senior Pastor’ from Hillsong, literally writing “God’s word is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman” in a public blog post in 2015.

“Hillsong Church welcomes ALL people but does not affirm all lifestyles,” Houston wrote. “Put clearly, we do not affirm a gay lifestyle and because of this we do not knowingly have actively gay people in positions of leadership, either paid or unpaid. We are a gay welcoming church but we are not a church that affirms a gay lifestyle.”

Yet even still with this very public message, a number of Christian celebrities — like Chris Pratt and Justin Bieber — continue to frequent the popular megachurch that started in Australia. And even though Ellen Page called out Chris Pratt and his association with Hillsong back in 2019, Pratt refuted the claims that the church “hates a certain group of people” because they accepted his divorce to Anna Faris in 2018.

“Despite what the Bible says about divorce, my church community was there for me every step of the way, never judging, just gracefully accompanying me on my walk,” Pratt responded via Instagram story. “They helped me tremendously, offering love and support. It is what I have seen them do for others on countless occasions regardless of sexual orientation, race, or gender.”

However back in 2017, The Daily Beast reported the church had previously used conversion therapy on gay members of the church and interviewed ex-LGBTQI members, who stated they felt that “[Hillsong] don’t believe in us as human beings” as the church refuses to explain their views.

Beyond his associations with Hillsong, Chris Pratt is just very, very religious, which tends to raise some eyebrows.

In 2016, Pratt built a giant cross and carried it up a hill, “because it’s something Jesus Christ did” and called the experience “so rewarding and awesome”.

Explaining his motivations on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Pratt shared that he decided to carry the cross up a “big hill” at the time because “that’s what Jesus was doing 2,000-something years before on a Saturday before Easter”.

Then in 2019, Pratt decided to do a 21-day fast based on the Bible, in honour of Jesus Christ. According to their website, the Daniel Fast is “a method of spiritual fasting” and is “based on the fasting experiences of the Old Testament Prophet”.

The main goal of the diet is to “draw nearer to God and present your needs to him” and it’s apparently a very popular diet for Christians to adopt during Lent. In reality, the Daniel Fast is really just a vegan-style diet where people only eat foods “grown from the seed” and only consume water.

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Chris Pratt Doesn’t Understand Consent

But even beyond the Guardians of the Galaxy actor’s political and religious views, Pratt’s actions aren’t much better.

In 2014, Chris Pratt laughed about exposing himself to his Parks and Recreations co-stars while on the Late Night with Seth Meyers show.

Pratt recounted that after three or four takes in his nude underwear, he decided to just do the scene nude, even though the boom operator advised against it. Pratt called the reaction from Amy Poehler and Aubrey Plaza “awesome”, despite their visible shock during the scene. While both actresses laugh it off in the bloopers, the fact is that even if they genuinely found the “prank” funny, there was no consent in a professional environment.

This total disregard for his colleagues was turned into a talkshow punchline and one giant joke, and Pratt acts as though it’s something to be proud of. But if this incident happened in any other field, Pratt would’ve likely been reprimanded and charged –similar to how Jeffrey Toobin was suspended from his role at The New Yorker earlier this week for his “Zoom dick incident“.

Despite NBC literally sending the actor a letter to tell him the seriousness of the situation, Pratt “framed” the letter and spoke about how funny it was on The Graham Norton Show. 

“I got a letter from NBC saying, ‘Never, ever do that again. There is a protocol to being naked, you must give everyone the option not to see it,'” he recalled. “I framed it. I got it in my office. I love it.”

“It said: First of all, this is not a joke. You’re being reprimanded. This is the last warning and it can’t happen again,” Pratt continued while laughing. “Also we don’t want you going around and talking about this letter like it was some kind of joke.”

So, yeah. When exactly did Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Chris Pines, or hell, any other famous Chris do these things? Oh, that’s right. Never. And this is exactly why people rightfully think that Chris Pratt is the worst Chris in Hollywood.