Chris Pratt defended by Avengers co-stars after ties to allegedly anti-LGBT+ church earn him the title ‘worst Chris’
Chris Pratt was defended by a cavalcade of celebrities Tuesday evening (October 20) after reports he has links to an allegedly “anti-LGBT+” church resurfaced.
Pratt, 41, was dubbed the “worst Chris” – because every tall white guy in cinema these days is called Chris – for attending a place of worship with links to a notorious megachurch that has been accused of homophobia.
The Marvel star was first criticised for his choice of church in 2019, with Ellen Page accusing him of attending an “infamously anti-LGBT” church.
At the time Pratt denied the allegation, saying: “It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates a certain group of people’ and is ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ’. Nothing could be further from the truth.”
These claims resurfaced after Twitter was asked to choose between the four Hollywood Chrises – Pratt, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine. He was also accused of being a Trump supporter, though Pratt has said he doesn’t “feel represented by either” the Republicans or Democrats.
The furore prompted Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr, Terry Crews, to name a few, to come out and defend 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
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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
God bless you @prattprattpratt for having your own mind and your own beliefs.
— terry crews (@terrycrews) October 21, 2020
not the russo brothers joining in to defend chris pratt….lemme go to sleep pic.twitter.com/oVx5wz8A81
— zach (@civiIswar) October 21, 2020
Sorry. Just finding out about this nonsense. @prattprattpratt is the best dude in the world. I’ve spent hours & hours sharing my deepest truths with this man, as he has with me. Please stop assuming what he believes, politically or in any other way, because he’s a Christian. https://t.co/XSIgU9WemX
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) 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
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) October 20, 2020
Pratt’s wife, author Katherine Schwarzenegger, responded to the backlash in an Instagram comment on a post by E! asking: “Which Hollywood Chris is the best?”
“Is this really what we need?” she questioned.
“There’s so much going on in the world and people are struggling in so many ways. Being mean is so yesterday.”
As many of Pratt’s co-stars constellated around him, some contrasted the assembling with the “silence” that followed when actors such as Anthony Mackie, Brie Larson, Zendaya or the late Chadwick Boseman suffered racist and/or sexist abuse.
i’m so mad right now like the fact that it was dead silent for people like tessa thompson, brie larson, anthony mackie, scar jo, chadwick boseman, n don cheadle, that were facing racism/sexism/harassment/ ect from everyone but it’s avengers assemble for maga chris pratt?? what??
— soph !! claims 2:42 of golden mv (@lloveontourxx) October 21, 2020
Brie Larson gets bullied on social media for 2 years, only Chadwick and Cheadle defend her
Chris Pratt gets “bullied” for 3 days and calls in half the MCU to defend him. pic.twitter.com/iPUMiPP1xe
— Jimmy Folino – Black Lives Matter (@MrNiceGuy18_58) October 21, 2020
so when zendaya, chadwick, anthony mackie + brie larson etc. was getting dragged through the mud for their mcu roles it was crickets from the avengers assemble hive but when chris pratt is being called out for being a trump supporter here come the defense squad.. ion like that pic.twitter.com/e2HqyHKIdE
— jaa-o’-lantern🕸 (@thejaanico) October 21, 2020
Chris Pratt denies his church hates gay people.
Chris Pratt has been outspoken about his faith, with his ties to Hillsong Church, a Pentecostal congregation founded in Australia by anti-marriage equality pastor Brian Houston, first dragged up last year.
After the star talked “about his spiritual side” with Late Show host Stephen Colbert, Ellen Page remarked: “But his church is infamously anti-LGBTQ so maybe address that too?”
Pratt is reportedly a regular at Los Angeles’ Zoe Church, a megachurch that is part of the Hillsong Family.
Hillsong, which according to US news site Vox includes Hailey and Justin Bieber, Kylie and Kendall Jenner and Selena Gomez among its congregants, has faced accusations that it referred queer members to undergo gay conversion therapy, as reported by The Daily Beast.
The church has since disavowed its conversion therapy programmes, joining dozens of prominent medical organisations around the globe who have condemned the harmful and ineffective practice.
Despite this shift around 2011, Hillsong has still faced sustained criticism over its treatment of queer people.
Houston wrote that he holds “to traditional Christian thought on gay lifestyles and gay marriage”.
“I do believe God’s word is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman,” he said, adding: “Hillsong Church welcomes ALL people but does not affirm all lifestyles.
“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.”
PinkNews has contacted representatives of Chris Pratt and Hillsong for comment.