Chris Pratt isn’t your typical movie star. Just watch his “9 Rules” acceptance speech from the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards (below). In addition to being outspokenly Christian, he also appears staggeringly down to earth for a celebrity of his caliber. The man is presently one of the biggest actors in the world, and though we know actors are just really lucky schlubs, very few of them seem to be aware of the same.
Chris is a breath of fresh air.
The Guardians of the Galaxy star recently announced on Instagram that he was taking part in a Biblical fast, accompanied by intense prayer:
“Hi, Chris Pratt here. Day three of the Daniel Fast, check it out. It’s 21 days of prayer and fasting. It’s going to coincide also, coincidentally, with the Lego Movie 2 junket. So by the time you see me, I’ll probably be hallucinating. Stay tuned.”
From the Daniel Fast’s official website:
The Daniel Fast is based on the fasting experiences of the Old Testament Prophet. It’s a partial fast where some foods are eaten while others are restricted. Most people use this method of fasting for 21 consecutive days.
It’s particularly applicable to the New Year:
Hundreds of thousands of Christians throughout the world will begin the New Year with a period of extended prayer and fasting. Most will begin the fast on Sunday, January 4th (not a requirement) and use the Daniel Fast as their method of fasting.
The fast involves deep communion with God:
Entering into a period of extended prayer and fasting is like pushing the “pause button” on life so you can draw nearer to God. The Holy Spirit joins you in this experience as you open your heart to receive from the Lord.
The purpose of the fast is for participants to “enter into a deep spiritual experience with the Lord so He can work in your life and on your behalf.”
There are also physical benefits, according to the site:
The Daniel Fast is a spiritual experience with significant health benefits. Thousands of people with health and weight issues experience success as they submit all of who they are to the Lord and change from the inside out.
Man…this is a good one. Check it out:
In 2017, Chris made a mundane statement to Men’s Fitness:
“I don’t see personal stories (in today’s movies) that necessarily resonate with me, because they’re not my stories. I think there’s room for me to tell mine, and probably an audience that would be hungry for them. The voice of the average, blue-collar American isn’t necessarily represented in Hollywood.”
Makes sense, right? Not to outrage culture! He was slammed. Therefore, TV Guide printed this:
The idea that Pratt doesn’t see himself — though he may come from a working-class family and spends most of his time on a farm, he’s also a successful, straight white man at the heart of two major film franchises — as being represented in television or film is ridiculous, as is the idea that working-class America isn’t well represented in Hollywood. (There are a number of films and TV shows that depict the working-class struggle, and I’d be happy to send Pratt a list.) But the truth is, the reason Pratt’s comment enraged so many people is because it ignored the fact there are a number of communities actually struggling for better representation, communities that have been fighting for a very long time to see themselves on TV and film.
He later apologized (Bad move).
And it gets worse… This is where we are, folks, courtesy of the Guide:
Just one month after the blue collar comments, Pratt posted another video to Instagram with a caption that urged his followers to “turn up the volume” and not just “read the subtitles,” a statement some members of the hearing-impaired community found dismissive. He later offered an apology on Instagram, saying that he phrased his initial caption the way he did “so people wouldn’t scroll past the video on mute, thus watching and digesting the information in the video.” The apology, which he also gave in American Sign Language, was earnest and extensive, and it appeared as if Pratt sincerely learned from his mistakes for once.
Mistakes! For once!
Back to the Daniel Fast and Chris’s Instagram video — these were some of the responses, via HuffPost’s Facebook coverage:
And on Twitter:
omg we get it you go to church
— 𝚍𝚢𝚕𝚊𝚗 💍 (@needycrave) January 11, 2019
He always was the worst Chris in Hollywood. Not surprised by this
— # (@voguedonna) January 12, 2019
Me after reading this article. THIS is how a man goes from a 10 to a 0. pic.twitter.com/ZxBh8Tnwvo
— The Lone Siberman🤖 (@Spider_Man_Si) January 12, 2019
Boners died everywhere
— Meridius (@_meridius16) January 12, 2019
Of course, the blowback doesn’t necessarily reflect mainstream America.
Still, the culture war is real. And the culture — as it once existed — is no more.
What we do from here will determine where we go from here. And unless those who also believe in some of the virtues Chris Pratt espouses stand up and change the world, the world will go elsewhere.
It seems that Chris, for his part, is trying to be a real Guardian of the Galaxy.
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