Chris Pratt: It’s ‘not the case’ that ‘Hollywood is anti-Christian or anti-religious’

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Chris Pratt gets pap’d at church more often than Jennifer Garner. He’s been very open about how he’s somewhat born-again, or that he came back to the church in his early adulthood. He’s let it be known that he’s politically conservative, a hunter, a guns-rights person, and he’s all about Jesus. What’s interesting – I suppose – is that he’s gradually let that picture be filled in over time. It didn’t feel like he started out in Hollywood with that off-camera persona. Anyway, Chris is promoting… something, and he chatted with the Associated Press about God, his faith and how he’s totally fine in Hollywood and no one judges him.

He feels “called” to talk about his Christianity: “That kind of message, it might not be for everybody. But there is a group of people for whom that message is designed. And nothing fills my soul more than to think that maybe some kid watching that would say, ‘Hey, I’ve been thinking about praying. Let me try that out.’ That’s the only way I feel like I can repay what has essentially been a giant gift in my life.”

He doesn’t think it’s risky to talk about his faith in Hollywood: “I think that there’s this narrative that exists out there that Hollywood is anti-Christian or anti-religious, but it’s just not the case. They are kind of not anti-anything. They are kind of pro whatever is authentic to you. And I like that. Because it’s authentic for me to be pro-Christian, pro-Jesus. That’s my thing. I like it. I’ve never had anyone try to shame me, to my face. Maybe they go say it behind my back. But if that’s the case, go ahead. You can say whatever you want about me — to my face or behind my back. I’m not going to change.”

[From People]

I tend to believe that Pratt would be judged harshly if his faith (and conversations about his faith) came from a point of deflection. Like, everybody finds Jesus when they’ve been caught doing some immoral or illegal sh-t. But Pratt doesn’t use his faith as a shield or a deflection, so everyone just shrugs. That’s how it should be too – Pratt has every right to believe what he wants to believe, to go to church, to talk about his faith, whether he’s in Hollywood or outside of Hollywood. And everyone else has the right to not care about it when he does try to prosthelytize on the red carpet or at awards shows. As for this idea that Hollywood is “anti-Christian” – it’s really not. If anything, we’ve seen time and time again that Pratt is Hollywood’s ideal: a white Christian dude who will spread “family values” in films and in interviews.

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  1. Melania says:

    Pratt is so dumb.

    • ichsi says:

      Yep! I don’t even know where to begin, the whole thing is one gigantic eye-roll. This though: “Hey, I’ve been thinking about praying. Let me try that out.” I mean… no words.

      • Linda says:

        But some people are genuinely curious about praying and may not know how to begin.

      • Stumpycorgi says:

        Yeah sorry to be a downer but, I’m reading between the lines and I don’t like what I see. The “only” thing he thinks he can do to repay his good fortune is to spread Christianity to kids? Ok, maybe some kids will be inspired in a healthy way, great. But that is the only thing he could do, really?! How about working with non profits or advocacy groups to actively, tangibly, help kids who are suffering?! Even if we assume he is the best type of Christian who supports oppressed people, fights against misogyny and homophobia, fights to protect victims of child abuse and to prevent it entirely, and stands against everything else that can be terrible about some forms of Christianity… Why does spreading his views to kids “fill his soul” like nothing else can, and why is this the “only”, the most important thing, he could ever do?

        And yeah, Hollywood definitely isn’t anti-anything and he can be himself. He’s right. For men. Hollywood isn’t anti-Christianity, anti-sexual assault, anti-pedophilia, anti-rape, etc. In that powerful echelon, you (if you are a powerful man), are free to be yourself. How touching.

  2. Meg says:

    I like him. People started hating him when he divorced Anna. They think he’s the one to blame for the divorce

    • Ninks says:

      Nah, I highly disliked him long before the divorce actually. The incidents with his pets, some really gross jokes, and just a general douchey vibe. Also, the religious thing is a huge turn off for me; I am pretty anti-religion, but I have no problem with people who have a faith and practice it quietly, it’s when they become preachy and judgemental that I get turned off, and he’s very preachy.

      • elle says:

        yep, yep, yep

      • Leigh says:

        Adding to the chorus of agreement with this!

      • I struggle with Pratt, because I do think he’s funny, and he’s in a lot of fun stuff… like, I hardcore heart P&R, and the Guardians franchise… but the stuff about his pets was repulsive.

        We all make mistakes, but that seemed more like a morality hole. What would Jesus do? Not try to give away his elderly cat via Twitter.

        He doesn’t treat animals kindly, he treats them like toys, or things… that says a lot.

      • Cher says:

        Agreed, LadyPrincessJr. Treating animals like property is a huge red flag. And this moral failing is not totally out of keeping with his Christian persona… many religious people firmly believe the whole “God gave us dominion over the animals” BS. I think it’s psychopathic.

      • Lilly says:

        Yes and I went down a rabbit hole on IG based on some people he tagged, they were pretty deplorable and I noted before his milquetoast veneer is to keep appealing to them too. I’d be shocked if he ever took a stand. If you can’t in these times, I don’t want to know you. I did previously love him, although not my favorite Chris, due to Parks and Rec.

      • @Cher

        I’ve experienced some Christians who say that, and use it as an excuse to mistreat animals… it’s despicable. I like to think that’s just a few bad apples, though, not a true reflection of Christianity.

        The vibe I get from Pratt is not Christian, it’s some fakery. I kind of feel what @Stumpycorgi is saying up thread… he seems shallow and selfserving.

      • otaku fairy... says:

        I’m all for religious people having the same rights as everybody else and am not at all offended by religious symbols or someone sharing that the believe in prayer or things like that. But I’m also a firm supporter of people’s right to not treat religion or things associated with it as sacred- especially when those people are other women, gay, bisexual, or transgender people, or other groups oppressed by religion. As long as an individual doesn’t participate in things like misogyny homophobia, we’re all good. Also, they must not paint themselves as victims when others- especially those oppressed- acknowledge the role religion has played in prejudice and inequality.

      • Kit says:

        There’s “God gave us dominion over all creatures” and there’s “What you do to the least of my creatures, you do also to me.” Killing for sport, you just can’t get less Christian than that.

    • Keaton says:

      Most people on this site hate him but I like him too. Having said that, I don’t think it was his divorce from Anna that made people start disliking. (In fact, one reason I like him is because he didn’t throw Anna under the bus). I think his pro-hunting stance and the weird incidents with pets set alot of folks off.

      • Leigh says:

        THIS. And I can’t totally dislike him, despite his values and opinions being pretty opposed to my own, he does come across as a genuinely kind human. But the animal stuff means I will never be a fan.

    • jessamine says:

      I don’t “like” him per se — his interviews tend to be lumbering — but happily watch him in just about anything (the new Jurassic movies are ridiculous). But I live in a place where deer season is a Big Thing legally so hunting and gun ownership really aren’t issues for me. I truly LOVED him with Anna but honestly the way he handled their divorce and now handles his dating life is so unexpected and has made me like him more not less.

    • Leigh says:

      Has nothing to do with the divorce, for me it started when his love of guns and murdering animals for fun came out.

  3. skipper says:

    I unfollowed him on social media when he started talking about religion and posting bible verses. If I wanted to learn about religion then I would go to church. Don’t get me wrong, I really like him but I have zero interest in hearing or reading about religion. I guess I’m not in that specific group of people he’s talking about.

    • Iqbal says:

      He’s not talking about religion, hes talking about Christianity.

      ” If I wanted to learn about religion then I would go to church…”

      Or mosque, temple etc. Why so Christian-normative?

      If you wanted to learn about Christianity, otoh, knock yourself out with that church going.

    • Veronica S. says:

      Honestly, as long as he’s doing it on his own social media accounts, I’m fine with it. It’s if he starts proselytizing elsewhere that I think it starts to be ridiculous. People should be unfollow your content and not have it chase them elsewhere.

      • skipper says:

        He won an award at an awards show back in June (I can’t remember which one) after I unfollowed him and he turned his acceptance speech into a full-on sermon. I love his movies but I’ll pass on his social media and awards acceptance speeches.

      • Yeah, I’ve got no problem with his faith, or love of sharing that faith… it’s actually cool he’s so jazzed about it. I mean… it’s not my thing, but I don’t care.

        And, hey… maybe I’ll learn something? There’s something to learn from everyone, right?

        His behavior with his pets, though… that turned me off. I feel like he doesn’t see how crappy that was, and probably thinks people are too sensitive. Like he’s got the emotional skill set of a small child… just my impression, though. He’s a celebrity, I don’t know him.

    • Linda says:

      Rihanna also posts bible verses on her Instagram. I actually love reading them.

  4. Jane says:

    When he was with Anna she said repeatedly on her podcast that they were both Democrats.

    • Algernon says:

      But you don’t get as deep into Christianity, especially in America, as he has and stay that way. Progressivism is antithetical to American Christianity. I think a big part of their divorce was diverging political views.

      • lucy2 says:

        I have a number of friends and family members who are very involved in their Christian churches and are progressives. It all depends on the church, the community, and the person themselves.

      • whitesheep says:

        Have you ever heard of the Christian left? Just because their voices aren’t as loud doesn’t mean there aren’t a significant number of them. Where I grew up, most of the Christians were progressives.

      • Keaton says:

        That would be big news to Reverend William Barber.
        Heck, I even know of Catholics that are deeply politically progressive and influenced by some of the principles of Catholic social teaching (e.g., concern for worker’s rights, caring for the poor, etc.)
        There are plenty of Christians on the left.
        In fact, it wasn’t until the rightwing political establishment capitalized on abortion as a wedge issue (during the Reagan era) that American Christians became highly associated with rightwing politics. On *most* issues American Christianity is more consistent with left wing politics, not right wing politics.

      • otaku fairy... says:

        That would be my only issue. It’s the conservative part (in the Trump era) that’s worthy of suspicion to me, not the fact that he just happens to be a Christian. But the fact that he’s not pretending that Christians are a marginalized group is a step in the right direction.

      • noway says:

        That is entirely wrong. Progressivism is not antithetical to Christianity. I feel Progressivism is based on Christianity. Christianity’s core is about caring for the poor, the weak, the sick, giving your money to help those with less. Kind of sounds like health care for all, fair wages, and let’s not forget education. Jesuits were some of the first modern educators, and to this day a lot of wonderful progressive Universities are faith based. Now I know people are going to mention abortion and homosexuality. Well abortion isn’t mentioned in the New Testament at all obviously, and in the New Testament homosexuality was mentioned 3-4 times, although some scholars believe the proper translation for what they were talking about is more accurately prostitution, granted gay prostitution but still. It’s hardly the point of the book, and keep in mind there are so many passages about not judging people, you have to wonder if that isn’t what was meant. The problem with most religions is it’s made up of people. People seem to warp what was said to justify their own thoughts.

      • LT says:

        That’s not even remotely true. The “Christian Left” is alive and well in the US.

        Now, evangelical Christianity is a different story – those who identify as evangelical overwhelming voted for Trump. But most Christians in the US do not identify as evangelical.

  5. Floydee Mercer says:

    I think Jesus puts gold stars by the names of the Christians for each time they tout The Good News and they get a smiley face for each convert. And these total upon death to determine their level of access to the club. Chris is shooting for the exclusive Saturday night pinochle with Jesus.

    Oh crap. I promised myself I’d give up blaspheming. Okay . Starting . NOW

    • ZGB says:

      I know you’re being sarcastic and I’m a Christian, but I still LMAO!!

      AND you’re right, it’s all part of the, no of converts = no of reward thing, but at the end, personal Faith and holiness is paramount, there can be a million converts through you but you’ll still end up in hell.

      I know, I know

    • Amelie says:

      Hahaha I’m a lapsed Catholic and this post made me chuckle. Back in the day when you paid tithes to the church and the world was run by feudal lords, I think the amount of tithes you paid was believed to be equivalent to whether you would make it to the Kingdom of Heaven or not. The more tithes you paid, the more God would be favorable and let you in when you died. It’s almost as if Chris is paying tithes by preaching about Christianity all over the place.

  6. jessamine says:

    This might be his attempt at a clapback against all those whiny has-beens like Tim Allen and whoever claiming anti-christian/conservative bias is why they are unemployed/unappreciated/not invited to the cool parties. And here’s Pratt like “I’m just open about my politics and my spiritual journey waving at you from the A List … y’all must just be untalented and butthurt about it.”

    • Chaine says:

      Yeah, that’s how I took it. That he is a Christian without the ridiculous persecution complex.

    • Algernon says:

      It’s always so funny to me when people claim conservative or anti-Christian bias in Hollywood when the most powerful people are all conservatives and/or Christians. Every time I point this out to conservative family members they stop cold. I’ll throw up Chris Pratt’s Insta and show them all the Bible verses and cross pictures and remind them he is one of the most famous, popular, employed people in Hollywood. RDJ is a conservative and he’s consistently one of the most powerful/top earning celebrities. Bob Iger, head of the most powerful entertainment conglomerate, is a conservative. It’s ridiculous to claim a bias. Jon Voight was out here for years whining about bias all while starring on an admired cable drama for which he received several awards. Yeah, some bias.

      • Dara says:

        Bob Iger is an unapologetic Democrat who puts his money where his mouth is. He raised and donated a lot of money to Hillary’s campaign. As corporate CEO’s go, he is probably one of the most liberal in the bunch. Aside from that, I agree with your basic premise.

      • Algernon says:

        I assumed he was republican because of his anti-labor, anti-workers’ rights company policies and the way Disney Corp consistently screws state/local governments out of property taxes. I withdraw his name.

      • Dara says:

        Don’t get me started on the contradiction of so-called liberal CEO’s who are making big bucks – both for themselves and their shareholders – by consistently ensuring their lowest-rung employees barely get by on what their companies laughingly call working wages and benefits. I don’t know much about Disney operations, but I live in Amazon’s backyard – they are infamous for being a not-great place to work. The warehouse people are worked to the breaking point without much to show for it. Amazon throws money and perks at programmers (but only because they have to in order to compete for talent), but even so their turnover is horrendous. In the meantime, Jeff Bezos has so much money he’s funding a private space program at a cool billion dollars a year.

    • Erinn says:

      Yeah, I immediately thought about Tim Allen. I’m not fan of Chris, but this was actually a pretty reasonable stance overall.

    • Jamie says:

      Yeah, I instantly thought about the has-beens like James Woods, Chuck Woolery and Mel Gibson who want to make martyrs of themselves by hiding behind their politics or religion.

    • Marianne says:

      Jennifer Garner is also Christian and is frequently papped going to church and no one hates her for going. I agree.

  7. Who ARE these people? says:

    Odds he will run for something.?

  8. Ann says:

    I love Chris Pratt. Can’t help it. Andy Dwyer is a good character and he played so well with the others on P&R. If it were my preference he wouldn’t be so openly Christian but I have no right to make a request like that. His version of faith doesn’t include any hatred that I’ve seen, unlike other open Christians, for example Kirk Cameron, so whatevs. Live and let live.

  9. Aud says:

    I stopped being a fan when he let it be known that he thought it was “funny” to flash his junk to his coworkers.


    • Erinn says:

      Yeah that really bothered me. I looooved Andy Dwyer, but the more I hear from Chris Pratt, the less I can say nice things.

  10. Algernon says:

    Doesn’t Chris Pratt go to Hillsong? I don’t care if he’s Christian, but I do care if he is supporting a hateful, anti-LGBTQ platform. More church-going celebrities need to be challenged on claiming to be allies and then going to a place like Hillsong. I’m not questioning, or even interested in, his faith, but I am side eyeing the crap out of his creepy culty church.

  11. minx says:

    Ugh, what a big douchey knucklehead.

  12. Meg says:

    From what I’ve seen in guardians of the galaxy and Jurassic park they really seem to be family friendly films in terms of a lack of gratuitous sex scenes or even suggestive messages or visuals like semi nude women, etc. if they are in those films I genuinely don’t remember them-I can only see the films being inappropriate for kids as being maybe scary but not in terms of sexually suggestive stuff so his family friendly beliefs are really consistent in that regard to his work.
    I miss andy dwyer from parks and rec-he was such a dummy and his performance was so great you believed all of it he was such a sweet guy but a dummy. as Donna would say, ‘oh Andy. you’re fine, but you’re simple’

    • lucy2 says:

      Don’t watch Passengers then. It wasn’t gratuitous, but holy cow was it problematic in terms of consent.

      He was really great on Parks, but I’m not really a fan of Chris anymore. But I think people can believe whatever they want as long as they don’t use it to hurt anyone else, or force their beliefs onto others.

  13. A says:

    I like and agree with what he has to say here, and I think it’s an incredibly measured sort of stance for him to take on the subject compared to a lot of other Christians in the business. But I also think that he’s gunning for some sort of political career at some point going forward, and I think he’s carefully thought about what to say wrt his faith so that he can maximize his reach (and not have people digging up unsavoury soundbites if he ever actually decides to campaign for something).

  14. NYCTYPE says:

    People can believe whatever they like as long as they are not hurting anybody.
    Words do hurt, so we all need to be careful.
    If I want to hear a sermon, I’ll go to church, so I really prefer people not preaching to me.
    I’m no fun of Chris Pratt or his ex, I don’t understand their appeal, but to each his own.
    I don’t find them as nearly as annoying and tiresome as Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard.
    I think Hollywood is mostly open minded to many things, except some like Tim Allen and the guy who played Frazier.

  15. Amelie says:

    People have the right to worship however they want as long as they aren’t hurting anyone or scamming anyone. But I’ve never been comfortable with the way Americans always talk so publicly about religion. I’ve always found it invasive whenever people ask me about my religion and that happens more often than you’d think. I guess I’m just super private about it. People mostly assume I’m Jewish here in NYC and I always find it awkward to say “No sorry I’m not” like I have to apologize for not being a member of a certain faith.

    This is why I get turned off by celebrities like Chris who on and on about their faith. He has the right to talk about it but I also have the right to not listen. I think it’s great he finds solace in his faith but I am not interested in hearing more than that. I’m a firm believer that your relationship with God is between God and you, it’s not with you and God and the public at large. Also I find it interesting the hardcore Bible thumpers like Chris are also staunch gun rights supporters when one of the Ten Commandments is “Thou shalt not kill.” (Yes liberals are also hypocrites to when it comes to religion but every time I see another religious conservative going on about his or her sacred gun rights I always compare them to the Duggars’ unofficial motto “We love God and our guns.”)

    • Susan says:

      Christianity says to share one’s faith with others. I find it a little odd that you have a problem hearing others talk about their faith. I have friends and family with many different religious, and non-religious, beliefs, and I don’t feel like they should keep their opinions from me. Why do you feel that people should keep their opinions from you? I think you might want to look inside yourself and figure out why you’re so uncomfortable. Perhaps you don’t feel secure in your own beliefs.