While previous generations had a number of film legends, the upcoming millennial generation has theirs in Chris Pratt. The iconic actor came from a humble birth-place in Minnesota and has starred in a widely-watched comedy series, “Parks and Recreation,” and several box office masterpieces like “Jurassic World,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”
So, when Pratt was invited to accept the Generation Award at the MTV Movie and TV Awards people were undoubtedly listening.
The Hollywood star was invited up on stage by actresses Bryce Dallas Howard and Aubrey Plaza, two co-stars of Pratt. In his typical fashion, Pratt mixed a couple jokes into a heartfelt and important message for the millennial generation that they have a soul, that God is real, they should learn to pray, and that grace was purchased at the price of a man’s life. His sermon-like speech immediately made waves across the internet.
As Breitbart reports, Pratt’s countercultural message resonated with his mostly young audience and many cheered throughout what he dubbed “Nine rules from Chris Pratt.”
“This being the generation award I am going to cut to the chase and speak to you, the next generation. I accept the responsibility as your elder, so listen up,” Pratt said, before sharing some fun and other Christian advice for the crowd and those watching at home.
Here’s his list, per Breitbart:
Number one: breathe. If you don’t, you’ll suffocate.
Number two: You have a soul. Be careful with it.
Number three: Don’t be a turd. If you’re strong, be a protector and if you’re smart, be a humble influencer. Strength and intelligence can be weapons and do not wield them against the weak. That makes you a bully. Be bigger than that.
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Number four: When giving a dog medicine, put the medicine in a little piece of hamburger and they won’t even know they’re eating medicine.
The light-hearted humor was woven well as listeners were able to have a laugh or two before Pratt transitioned into more serious and consequential advice.
“Number five: Doesn’t matter what it is, earn it. A good deed, reach out to someone in pain, be of service, it feels good and it’s good for your soul,” Pratt said, which was met by applause.
And, “Number six: God is real. God loves you. God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do.”
Pratt then jokingly slipped in a tip for people who are embarrassed to use the restroom at a party:
Number seven: If you have to poop at a party, but you’re embarrassed because you’re going to stink up the bathroom, just do what I do. Lock the door. Sit down, get all the pee out first. Okay? Then, when all the pee’s done, poop-flush-boom. You minimize the amount of time that the poop is touching the air because if you poop first, then it takes you longer to pee and you’re peeing on it, stirring it up and the poop particles create a cloud that goes out and then everyone at the party will know that you pooped. Just trust me, it’s science.
Pratt then returns his monologue to Christian fundamentals: “Number eight: Learn to pray. It’s easy and it’s so good for your soul.”
Lastly, the actor offered a brief Biblical Gospel synopsis:
Number nine: Nobody is perfect. People are going to tell you you’re perfect just the way you are; you’re not! You are imperfect. You always will be, but there’s a powerful force that designed you that way. And if you’re willing to accept that you will have grace and grace is a gift. Like the freedom we enjoy in this country that grace was paid for with somebody else’s blood. Do not forget it. Don’t take it for granted.
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— MTV (@MTV) June 19, 2018
Pratt’s speech runs right in the face of a Hollywood culture which was rocked by scores of sexual misconduct allegations by many of their members against several top producers and film directors. Several others have expressed deeply-rooted criticisms of political figures and have contributed towards a hateful Hollywood.
It is good that there are still some people in the industry like Chris Pratt who aren’t afraid to say what needs to be said.
Some of Pratt’s colleagues and others praised him for his remarks:
I love the fact that the most successful guy in hollywood right now is this guy, and he is middle fingering the weinstein protecting self adulating perverts who clearly despise anything he stands for https://t.co/e9rnJSJAnR
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) June 19, 2018
“If you are strong, be a protector. If you are smart, be a humble influencer. Strength and intelligence can be weapons, so do not wield them against the weak. That makes you a bully. Be bigger than that.” –@prattprattpratt /Yes.
— Trillia Newbell (@trillianewbell) June 19, 2018
— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) June 20, 2018
— Mandisa (@mandisaofficial) June 19, 2018
Chris Pratt’s speech is fantastic, ane it’s also a great lesson in how to advocate for your beliefs. Humor, empathy, passion, and a positive statement of those beliefs instead of merely attacking those who disagree. https://t.co/Li18e2vfTn
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) June 19, 2018
#ChrisPratt with speech on God, prayer and grace.
“God is real. God loves you. And God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do. Learn to pray. It’s so easy and its good for your soul.” @foxandfriends @foxnews https://t.co/OHgFGk2RpR
— Ainsley Earhardt (@ainsleyearhardt) June 20, 2018
— Jenna Browder (@JennaBrowder) June 20, 2018
— Greg Laurie (@greglaurie) June 19, 2018
Chris Pratt, a rare gem.
— Jude (@wordtoJude) June 19, 2018
“You’re perfect just the way you are” is a message that inoculates against the Gospel and makes people miserable as the lie wars against their own conscience. Last night, a celebrity punctured the happy propaganda. Thank you Chris Pratt: https://t.co/EvUc5tcuQe
— David French (@DavidAFrench) June 19, 2018