American actor Robert Downey Jr. has voiced his support for fellow actor and Disney’s Marvel co-star, Chris Pratt, after a hostile Hollywood culture disparaged him for his Christian faith.
Downey Jr., who plays the titular role of the multi-billion dollar Marvel cinematic universe, had nothing but praise for Pratt in an Instagram post where he called him a “real Christian who lives by principle” and “has never demonstrated anything but positivity and gratitude.”
The positive remarks came after a Twitter contest between Hollywood’s “Chris’s” began to spiral into an insulting thread of Pratt, his faith, and his support of President Trump.
“If you take issue with Chris, I’ve got a novel idea,” he shared with his 47.1 million followers on the platform. “Delete your social media accounts, sit with your OWN defects of #character, work on THEM, then celebrate your humanness,” he continued.
“I got your back,” Downey Jr. added, directly tagging Pratt.
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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 (📸 @jimmy_rich )
The latest Twitter tiff seems to have started when filmmaker Amy Berg rehashed a relatively routine competition of determining who is the “Worst Chris” between Pratt and fellow actors Chris Hemsworth (“Thor,” from the Marvel series), Chris Pine (“Captain Kirk,” from the Star Trek series), and Chris Evans (“Captain America,” from the Marvel series).
One has to go. pic.twitter.com/HUWnbQOA43
— Amy Berg (@bergopolis) October 17, 2020
The Federalist reports several people who commented on the post, including verified Twitter accounts, spoke disparagingly of Pratt:
Pratt b/c he goes to a homophobic church in LA called "ZOE," pronounced ZO-AY. Just absolutely not.
Also: Hemsworth is perfect, Pine and I went to college together + I love Hell or Highwater…and Evans is funny in Not Another Teen Movie and has that soda can 🍆 https://t.co/smkIYdM6cv
— Amy Miller (@amymiller) October 19, 2020
Goodbye Chris Pratt https://t.co/fzuHmbdcpK
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) October 18, 2020
Easy. The Maga Chris. https://t.co/tIGPBBgNtA
— Reagan Gomez (@ReaganGomez) October 18, 2020
According to the report, several of Pratt’s fellow co-stars with Marvel countered the negativity and defended him:
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
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
Chris himself has openly stated the church he attends doesn’t reflect all of his personal views, and that he is a “man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want.”
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 20, 2020
The Federalist adds:
Pratt also received criticism for not reuniting at “Voters Assemble: The Cast of The Avengers Unite for Democracy” with other members of the “Avengers” cast, including Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle, and Zoe Saldana as well as the Russo brothers, to raise money for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign on Tuesday night. Downey Jr. was also not on the formal schedule for the evening.
“Yet while there was broad interest in the latest star-studded push for the Biden campaign, it’s the absence of one key “Avengers” star that has caused the biggest stir on social media,” Vanity Fair wrote. “Shortly after the event was announced, Chris Pratt’s name trended on Twitter, with many criticizing the “Guardians of the Galaxy” star for his perceived political views.”