Busy Philipps: Chris Pratt’s post treated Katherine Schwarzenegger like a possession


Last week Chris Pratt posted a ‘tribute’ to his wife, you can see it here. There isn’t anything inherently wrong with saying you think your spouse is nifty online, but Pratt’s post went sideways quickly. He made a poor word choice when describing his daughter that appeared insensitive to the health struggles his son survived following his premature birth. In addition to that, Pratt spoke of his wife, Katherine Schwarzenegger, in a way that was supposed to sound endearing, but in reality, was a little creepy. Creepy enough that Pratt’s former friend Busy Philips called him out on it on her podcast, Busy Philipps Is Doing Her Best. Busy got straight to the point calling Pratt’s messaging, “f***ng weird.”

Busy Philipps just called out Chris Pratt for his Instagram post about Katherine Schwarzenegger.

On the Tuesday episode of her podcast, Busy Philipps Is Doing Her Best, which she co-hosts Caissie St. Onge, Philipps criticized Pratt for what she believed was disingenuous language that objectified his wife.

Philipps, who said she was friends with Pratt “years ago” and even vacationed with Pratt and Faris when the actress was pregnant with Jack, called the post “f***ing weird.”

Talking to her podcast listeners, Philipps said, “You’re probably not the type of lady that will laugh enthusiastically if you’re with a man and he starts to make very tired gender jokes about responsibilities and duties and even like, the f***ing tired bit that he’s doing which is, ‘She runs the show I occasionally open a bag of pickles,'” she explained. “That’s how f***ing dumb what he said is. You are a Marvel superhero. You made $480 million last year. You work non-stop. You don’t just open a f***ing jar of pickles.”

Philipps went on to say that the post didn’t sit right with her because it seemed like he was “acknowledging” the power that he held in their relationship by “patronizing” his wife.

“What she does in their household is probably a lot. She probably does a lot of the domestic labor. They have a kid and whatever. That is actually legitimately a lot of f***ing work. But by the way he’s talking about himself, putting himself in it, in the center of it, it makes it seem like it’s bulls***,” she explained.

Referencing to a line in the post in which Pratt says Schwarzenegger is his “greatest treasure right next to my Ken Griffey Jr Upper Deck Rookie card,” the Girls5Eva star said, “he has possessions, and she’s one of them.”

[From Yahoo]

Busy makes a lot of good points here. Of course, Katherine has Kennedy/Shriver/Schwarzenegger money so she’s not dependent on Pratt’s earnings, but the point is the same: he works hard and provides a secure income for them. So his claims about not contributing more than opening the occasional “jar of pickles” does ring false. And everything about his post intones Katherine is a possession, even without his rookie card joke. He’s centered his message around what is provided for him: a good life, strong children – even her “pure” heart belongs to him. The framing of the photo itself suggests the order in the household. Pratt’s facing full camera, smiling, engaged and she is turned away from the spotlight, towards him, looking up at his face with a plastered-on smile. Pratt is the center and she directs all her energy to him. I’m sure Katherine works around the home. I’m sure she’s hands on with their daughter. But I think we all know theirs is a fully staffed house. If you couple that along with all the times Pratt has used his wife as the butt of a joke for laughs, Busy’s right, “it seem(s) like it’s bulls***.”

As the excerpt mentioned, Busy said she used to be friends with Pratt and his ex-wife, Anna Faris. So she didn’t make these comments lightly. Busy remembers Pratt as being “super nice and funny.” Busy said “I knew him in the before times, I don’t know him now.” Since she referred in the podcast to Pratt’s doomsday prepping and drinking, I think “the before times” means his conversion to Christianity and not his meteoric rise career-wise. I honestly think his connection to Hillsong has affected him more than any ego issues with his success. I wouldn’t be surprised if the idea that wives belonged to their husbands was broadcasted all over that place.




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  1. Eurydice says:

    I guess I’m in a mood today and I know I’m on a gossip site, but I kind of wish people would mind their own business once in a while. Pratt has a right to say stupid things in public and Phillips has a right to call him out in public, but it just seems like they’re all doing it to get attention and it just makes me depressed.

    • Songs (Or it didnt happen) says:

      FRFR. There’s famous men who r*pe women laughing their asses off cause we getting all bent out of shape over Chris Pratt and Jake Gyllenhaal…….

      • Twin falls says:

        Violence against women starts with women being thought of by men as their property. Props to Busy for speaking up.

      • Hard disagree on your second sentence @Twin Falls. I will give Busy props for standing up the second she speaks up against her vacation buddy Armie Baby Back Ribs Hammer. She’s only speaking out against Chris Pratt because no one likes him. She also has a problematic history herself.

      • Meg says:

        @twin falls

      • iconoclast59 says:

        I’m with @Twin falls here. How many times have we heard the horror story of some guy assaulting or killing a woman because she dared to call quits on the relationship or otherwise show some independence from him? That is the “women are property” mentality in action.

      • Emma says:

        Busy Philipps is not responsible for other people’s behavior and she is not responsible for Armie Hammer. Period. Let’s stop expecting women to be responsible for men and responsible for making public statements about men.

    • Maria says:

      If this dude is indeed planning to run for office I’d like to see more of this commentary on him honestly.

      • bettyrose says:

        Agreed but the voters he’ll attract won’t be bothered by him dehumanizing woman. We have all too much data on this unfortunately.

      • Maria says:

        Oh sure, but hopefully it’ll deter some sane people who otherwise would have supported him. Hell, I don’t know that much about him and if it wasn’t for these kinds of things I wouldn’t even know about his past crap unless I went diving which it’s never occurred to me to do for Chris Pratt, lol.

    • Jules says:

      They are for sure doing it for attention, and we all have the right to call them out on it.

  2. Amy Bee says:

    She’s absolutely right.

  3. milliemollie says:

    She is right and I think people who say he’s going to run for office one day are also right. And so many people will vote for him because they share his views. It’s unsettling.

  4. clomo says:

    I wonder why Katherine putts up with this. She has Kennedy genes and Kennedy women are no shrinking violets. I don’t think Arnold pushed this kind of power dynamics in his marriage with Maria who was her own women either. It’s all very weird. Hillsong sucks and the head guy got fired for cheating on his wife and he was their guru and I don’t understand how people cannot see such hypocrisy.

    • Alissa says:

      lol Arnold had a whole love child with his maid, so I wouldn’t say Katherine probably hada great model for marriage.

      • Izzy says:

        Seriously. Kennedy marriages are notoriously awful.

      • lucy2 says:

        I wonder how much of that whole situation has made her this way now. It seems kind of reactionary, her trying to create this “perfect” traditional conservative family.

    • Sofia says:

      She’s a typical rich kid with no real passion or interest in anything so she decided she would go the dedicated and loyal wife/SAHM/mommy blogger route.

      • cf86713 says:

        @Sofia that’s rather funny considering that the Kennedy children usually have passions/interests. You may be right its also possible she wants to be a wife and mother I don’t get why that’s looked down on. I say this as a career woman who’s single and child free.

    • Liesel says:

      I would agree that, historically, Kennedy women were rather strong, but also incredibly dysfunctional. I’d be hard pressed to find one Kennedy woman in the older generations that wasn’t publicly humiliated by her husband’s cheating. Katherine doesn’t have to even look much farther than her own parents’ marriage for a bad example of the role of a woman in marriage.

      • clomo says:

        I agree completely about Kennedy marriages being off the charts dysfunctional. But I never got the vibe from any of the wives, either by name of marriage being so un-fierce, if that is the(a) word. Katherine seems different, maybe because Chris seems like a right wing Christian and the Kennedys were Catholics and liberal left wingers by comparison. Times have changed since Camolot that is for sure.

    • Robyn says:

      I’ll never understand the Kennedys are so special thing. Joe was a straight up monster, JFK was a notorious cheater, Ted killed someone, RFK Jr is an anti-vaxxer and on and on and on. They aren’t special, and Katherine’s “genes” being constantly put front and centre is weird and gross.

      • Betsy says:

        Once I heard the suggestion that Mary Jo Kopechne went home with someone else, someone else in the campaign who crashed the car and abandoned her, someone that Ted covered for before they knew there was a death, it has seemed the likeliest story to me.

      • Emma says:

        Betsy, there is nothing unlikely about a car crash when two people have been drinking and partying and get behind the wheel late at night / early in the morning on some back beach road. In fact, what would be unlikely is if they made it home with no incident. And let’s face it, Ted was a drinker and a partier and a cheater and all the rest. (I’m a Democrat, but I’m not here for pretending men are saints.)

    • Jan says:

      Kennedy women put up with a lot of crap from their cheating husbands, example her mother.

    • Monica says:

      Blech. They both suck and therefore deserve each other.

  5. Alissa says:

    look, Chris Pratt tried to do a Ryan Reynolds bit without his sense of humor or charm, so it came across as cringe and gross. that’s it, it’s really not that complex.

    Busy always feels the need to chime in on things that have nothing to do with her, and it’s a little weird.

    maybe they should all stop trying so hard.

    • TIFFANY says:

      What works in Ryan’s favor is that Blake is in on the jokes and is not the butt of them.

      Worst Chris will have to get a clue first and talk to his wife about these things.

      • Alissa says:

        I agree. I do think Katherine is in on the joke, she just doesn’t seem to have any personality lol.

      • Nic919 says:

        Ryan isn’t part of a church that spouts homophobia and has misogynistic pastors. Nor is he spouting off christianism like all the right wing nutters do. So the reason why it’s not playing well for Pratt is because it’s most likely he’s not really joking.
        Ryan is openly supporting feminist causes whereas Pratt plays footsie with the MAGAs. That’s the difference here.

      • Erin says:

        @nic919 – exactly, spot on analysis.

        RR style of humor has been the same for a long time, even before he was big.

      • detritus says:

        Also, Blake makes fun of Ryan.

        And it’s the tone and content of the jokes. They’re like, oh my hot husband/wife is doing silly things.

        And Ryan openly speaks about Blake’s impact on his career and life in glowing terms that go beyond her reproductive health.

      • SKF says:

        To @Nic919’s point, these Pentecostal churches (Pratt is actually more Zoe Church than Hillsong; but they’re related) all state that the man is the head of the household. They encourage women in abusive marriages to stay with their husbands too. They pretend to be hip and modern but they are extremely retrograde and old-fashioned. It’s a bait and switch.

    • Coco says:

      Ya no this is the same man that had a huge fir because he was voted the worst Chris on some Internet pole. Then went whining to his marvel friend and it and had them post about how great he is and how the pole was wrong. Yet you expect us to believe that he was a joking..

      • Erin says:

        Right?!? I think the before Chris that busy knew had a sense of humor and maybe could’ve gotten away with a post like that. This one, though? This one takes himself way too seriously and I’m sure his rise and ego have had a lot to do with it, I mean being a white male in Hollywood I can’t imagine all the smoke that blown up his ass daily, but I also think Hillsong and they way evangelicals are going has a lot to do with it to. All of my inlaws and a lot of my family have gone off the deep end getting tangled up in this Christian alt right thinking and even though I’ve known them my entire life, or almost, they seem like complete different people to me and I don’t understand how they got taken so far so fast.

      • Meg says:

        This is a great point and and says a lot as to why her birthday post was actually all about him, he thinks he should have his ass kissed constantly as if a movie star like him already doesn’t?

    • Kate says:

      Yes at face value that’s what he thought he was doing. But whenever you break down microaggressions or misogynistic comments and explain why they are gross they are always going to sound a little silly or minor or like an “overreaction.” But calling it out and breaking it down is how people learn to recognize and stop normalizing those types of comments or behaviors.

      I used to get so annoyed when I was a kid and my mom would object to some joke on a tv show I was watching b/c, like, get a sense of humor mom. But now after having lived another 30 years and seeing first-hand how normalized and ingrained misogyny is in so many people it just isn’t funny to joke about that stuff anymore.

      • echthroi says:

        I had the same experience growing up in the ’80s/’90s, always thinking my mom needed to chill out; now I’m raising a daughter, feel like my mom got it right 100%.

    • Margo says:


  6. Kviby says:

    Very nice write up, hectate! I’m glad that someone like busy is saying all this.she’s absolutely right

  7. Eve says:

    The clipping nails (combined with the stupid look on her face) pictures…

  8. caitlinsmom says:

    re: Hillsong- “I wouldn’t be surprised if the idea that wives belonged to their husbands was broadcasted all over that place.”

    It totally is. Their message is toxic submission to husbands.

  9. Savu says:

    I’ve been listening to her podcast since the beginning, and it’s fantastic. Highly recommend! And she and Caissie were spot on here.

  10. Same says:

    Not big fan of the worst Chris and his post was super cringey and sexist. Also not a fan of former friend chiming in for podcast PR — this doesn’t feel like oh, I’m raising awareness, or I’m on the DL trying to help Katherine realize her self worth etc. — feels like oh, I can grab some free press.
    Bags gonna douche I guess.

  11. Marietta2381 says:

    I once went to a wedding (Greek orthodox), I was like 10 yrs old. I thought it was the weirdest thing the priest kept repeating, “The wife shall obey.” Over and over again. That’s what Hillsong basically says to the people who follow them, so it doesn’t surprise me that Pratt is such an dumbf***. I used to like him. And now I just get annoyed with everything he does.

  12. MCV says:

    I thought Katherine was a catholic like all Kennedys not evangelical ?

    • Jaded says:

      She is Catholic but seems to be including non-denominational churches like Hillsong in her religious repertoire. She and Pratt took Catholic pre-marital counseling before they married.

  13. detritus says:

    Silence, NDAs, and other methods to remove voices are not for those without power.

    They are tools of the wealthy, the social elite, used to hide wrong doings and moral failings.

    Silence does not protect the vulnerable.

    Gossip and quiet discussions are women’s defence. Blasted by men as inconsequential, gossip holds social groups together, it warns those of bad behaviour when other avenues aren’t available.

    Think the bad men in publishing excel sheet that happened at the beginning of MeToo.

    When we ask for silence because criticizing men is just too annoying, we support the status quo. We tacitly support what those medium bad men are saying.

    So, brava Busy. For saying something when people would rather not rock the boat.

    • Emma says:

      Well said!

      I’d add that Hillsong Church / Corporation deserves every ounce of public scrutiny and exposure and if it takes this idiot to do it, so much the better. They are deeply homophobic and sexist.

    • Coco says:

      I couldn’t agree more.

    • Songs (Or it didnt happen) says:

      Sorry but critizing Chris Pratt is rocking the boat about as much as complaining about traffic in Los Angeles. It ain’t a hot take, it’s bandwagoning.

      • detritus says:

        songs, So because some people agree she shouldn’t say it?

        TBH, while I don’t agree even slightly with your tale. he deserves a bandwagon for his shite beliefs.

      • Songs (Or it didnt happen) says:

        No, but she is not the lone voice bravely speaking out against a much beloved and sainted figure. She’s joining in on a wave of criticism he’s getting.

      • detritus says:

        Which is well deserved and not mainstream other than on leftist places

        Because he’s been criticized once doesn’t make him immune to it again, nor does it mean someone can’t grieve the death of a friendship because their friend went all god hates gays.

      • Meg says:

        What other celebrity has spoken up about this?

  14. Jules says:

    She’s not wrong… but Busy equally treats her kids like possessions and blasts them all over social media, it’s a blatant form of marketing. So there’s that.

  15. Lunasf17 says:

    Chris is loving all this attention and probably feels like he is being attacked by the woke police and can’t even post a tribute to his wife without the “crazy libs” losing their shit. I think the post is dumb but not worth all this attention. Him and his church are creepy AF and his wife has weird stepford vibes. Busy’s whole thing now is being on podcasts and talking about more famous celebs so I see why she is covering this. It’s amusing and entertaining but I don’t think we should take any of this that seriously.

  16. Anna says:

    I once was loosely associated with catholic circles and went to one meeting where a priest told us, 17y olds at that time(!) that “a husband has a right to virginal wife”. I was so appalled that I said nothing and never went back but my best friend, raised by very catholic parents almost married her abusive fiance because she was sure she has to as she already slept with him. Note: she is super smart with a PhD now, but this religion messed with her so much. To sum up: Chris probably looooves his new “faith” as it makes him basically a God and his wife a property who should listen to him and Katherine will find out how much he loves “her” (opposed to an image he has of her now) when she decides she no longer wants to sit at home and adore Chris.

  17. lucy2 says:

    Interesting to hear this from someone who actually knew him and spent time with him, it definitely suggests he’s really changed. Not for the better.

  18. Msmlnp says:

    I have come to realize that everyone’s marriage seems weird once you peel back layers. Every single one has some level of dysfunction. I’m sure what works for my husband and me seems odd to others.

    Is this a situation of her being abused? Is she unable to speak for herself or have the resources to leave a relationship should she desire? Of course the possibility is there, but unlikely.

    Let them be.

    • Ange says:

      But it’s not just about her, women are pushing back against this whole dynamic and how men think that kind of attitude about women should be feted.

      Also let’s not forget ANY woman can be a victim. FKA Twigs and others have spoken out about Shia, Rihanna dealt with Chris Brown. They also had resources and the ability to speak but they were abused nonetheless. Abuse isn’t just about resources, it’s a sickening power game that can reduce the most self assured people to nothing. I suggest you read up on it a bit.

      • Msmlnp says:

        Of course any woman can be a victim, had you read my post I said just that.

        The fact that one assumes she doesn’t have a voice and this relationship is not of her very own choosing is infantilizing. Don’t force what works for you on others . I think Chris Pratt is a douche and I am not into the Christian submissive wife thing at all. But perhaps she is, and that’s defined as abuse? Is she not allowed to practice a relationship that works for her? Where are the standard or guidelines that place this in an abusive situation vs a relationship of her choosing? There aren’t any and who are any of us to speak and say what is OK or not.

      • Ange says:

        Nobody is saying she’s being abused right now, just that assuming she’s protected from it because she has status and resources is a bad take.

        Katherine is allowed to pick her own relationship and we’re allowed to say her husband sounds like a douche when he talks like that. We’re not saying it just for her, we’re saying it for all the women out there who may not have the radar to notice when things seem off or that they don’t have to settle for a dude that talks about them like they’re a decorative plant.

  19. Jen says:

    American Christianity and just a shill for white supremacy and yes, I will die on this hill.

    • Jaded says:

      No need to die on this hill Jen, it’s the truth and so is the corruption. From Jim and Tammy Bakker to Joseph Smith Jr. to L. Ron Hubbard to Sung Myung Moon to David Miscavige to Jerry Falwell Jr. the sleaze is never-ending.

  20. Jaded says:

    Lest we forget, celebrity preacher Carl Lentz of Hillsong was accused of sexual abuse and infidelity, and was fired. His wife continues to support him. In September, church founder Brian Houston was charged over allegedly concealing information about numerous child sex offences perpetrated by his father, and has since stepped down as company director. Hillsong closed its Dallas branch after complaints about misuse of worshippers’ tithes by pastors who appeared to be living a life of luxury. The list goes on and on. Anyone who belongs to this sham cult should be ashamed of themselves.

  21. Margo says:

    So Chris Pratt loves his wife and Busy Phillips finds his expression of that love ‘creepy’. Why anyone cares about this I have no idea.

  22. Tw says:

    Well, first of all that peace sign in the last photo is on my block. My neighbors change the decorations around it to match the season. Second, he absolutely sees her as a possession. And third, his Christian music made him feel better because religion is a drug that makes you feel better than other people. Of course the criticism of his post was wrong because he’s pious, y’all. He can do no wrong.