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Why Is Chris Pratt Receiving Backlash? Here Are All His Criticised Comments

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
May 24, 2022
10:50 A.M.

Chris Pratt and his gorgeous wife Katherine Schwarzenegger welcomed their second daughter Eloise Katrina earlier this month. However, the actor's critics on social media appeared to be raining on the couple's parade.

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The proud father recently took to Instagram to share a message about the latest addition to their beautiful family, adding that Schwarzenegger and their newborn are safe and "doing well."

But while Pratt's family celebrated Eloise's birth, some netizens have yet to move on from the "Jurassic World" star's sweet yet seemingly problematic social media tribute for his wife.

Chris Pratt arrives at the premiere of Disney and Marvel's "Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2" at Dolby Theatre on April 19, 2017 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

Chris Pratt arrives at the premiere of Disney and Marvel's "Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2" at Dolby Theatre on April 19, 2017 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

WHY IS PRATT CONSIDERED PROBLEMATIC?

Pratt has been embroiled in controversies since his career took off. Before he announced Eloise's birth, netizens expressed disappointment over his previous Instagram post for his wife, which read:

"She's given me an amazing life, a gorgeous healthy daughter, she chews so loudly that sometimes i put in my ear buds to drown it out, but that's love! [sic]"

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The tribute sparked a backlash, with netizens calling it insensitive given that he has a son with ex-wife Anna Faris named Jack, who was born premature and who struggled with a severe health condition.

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Apart from this controversial tribute, Pratt's links with Hillsong Church, apparently branded as anti-LGBTQ+, were condemned by online users.

Hillsong Church is a high-profile church with several celebrities as members, including reality TV stars Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Justin and Hailey Bieber, and pop singer Selena Gomez.

In 2019, Pratt quoted a biblical passage during a past TV interview with show host Stephen Colbert, but the quote he shared did not sit well with transgender actor Elliot Page.

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On Twitter, Page asked for the actor's comment about his church's alleged homophobic comment in 2015. Pratt explained that his church was not anti-LGBTQ+, and its doors were open for everyone.

Some online users noted how they disliked the actor's religious organization claiming that the group funded conversion therapy. Another pointed out Pratt defending the church was "male privilege."

Pratt, who seems to have distanced himself from the Hillsong Church, stated that his faith is essential to him but that the religious group he is part of does not define him or his life.

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The growing criticisms on social media took a heavy toll on Pratt, who fans noted as their least favorite actor cast in superhero films. The online hate also affected his mental health.

Pratt expressed via Instagram Stories his feelings following his tribute to Schwarzenegger, that allegedly insulted his ex-wife and their son. He said he went to bed feeling upset and depressed.

While he had not reacted further to Hillsong Church's alleged homophobic remarks, Pratt's Marvel co-stars Zoe Saldana and Mark Ruffalo came to the actor's defense.

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WILL MARVEL RECAST CHRIS PRATT'S STAR-LORD?

James Gunn, who directed "Guardians of the Galaxy," took Pratt's side and defended him after fans petitioned online to recast another actor to play the character Star-Lord because of the actor's behavior. Gunn said:

"Chris Pratt would never be replaced as Star-Lord but, if he ever was, we would all be going with him."

Gunn added that fans only judged the actor based on their "made-up, utterly false beliefs." With Gunn's comment, it's clear that Pratt will continue his work with Marvel.

Though Marvel Studios has substituted actors in the past, Pratt has already played the role several times, making it difficult for the company to replace the icon.

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