When a ‘Worst Hollywood Chris’ poll voted to ax actor Chris Pratt, Katherine Schwarzenegger quickly asked the question we should all be asking. Is this really what we need right now? And her powerful response inspired many others to come to Chris’ defense, too.
TV writer Amy Berg started the ‘Worst Hollywood Chris’ poll on Twitter.
She encouraged users to decide which famous Chris “had to go.” The choices were between actors Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Evans, and Chris Pratt.
One has to go. pic.twitter.com/HUWnbQOA43
- Amy Berg (@bergopolis) October 17, 2020
When the Tweet started trending, E! News asked its fans a similar question on Instagram (though with a slightly more positive spin). And while the challenge was likely issued for some lighthearted fun, it quickly took a cruel turn.
‘Worst Hollywood Chris’ Invites Bullying
Sometimes people forget celebrities are people, too. Just because they are in the public eye doesn’t make hurling insults or criticism at them ok. Nor does it mean cruel words don’t hurt.
Asking folks to pick the ‘Worst Hollywood Chris’ encourages people to see these four men as objects. Not as God’s children, designed by the Creator Himself and individually gifted with unique talents and purpose.
This kind of objectification plagues our society today. And in no time, folks were using the ‘Worst Hollywood Chris’ poll to bash Christian celebrity Chris Pratt, primarily for his conservative views and love of Jesus.
And that’s when Chris Pratt’s wife, Katherine Schwarzenegger, chimed in as the voice of reason.
“Is this really what we need?” she asked in response to the E! News post. “There's so much going on in the world and people are struggling in so many ways. Being mean is so yesterday. There's enough room to love all these guys. Love is what we all need not meanness and bullying. Let's try that.”
And Katherine is so right! We read in Proverbs 18:21 of how the tongue holds the power of life and death. And in the midst of so much suffering, we choose what we are going to put out into the world. More hate? Or more love?
More People Step Up To Defend Actor Chris Pratt
Katherine Schwarzenegger wasn’t the only one coming to husband Chris Pratt’s defense. Other stars began chiming in about the ridiculousness of the ‘Worst Hollywood Chris’ poll.
Actor Robert Downey Jr. vouched for the Christian integrity displayed by Chris Pratt.
“What a world,” he wrote. “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.”
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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 (📸 @jimmy_rich )
Another actor who played alongside Chris Pratt in the Avengers franchise, Mark Ruffalo, also commended Chris for the type of man he is.
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
“You all, [Chris Pratt] is as solid a man there is,” he wrote on Twitter. “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.”
Celebrities React To Chris Pratt As ‘Worst Hollywood Chris’
Plenty of other stars stepped up to support Chris Pratt in light of the ‘Worst Hollywood Chris’ poll, too.
God bless you @prattprattpratt for having your own mind and your own beliefs.
- terry crews (@terrycrews) 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
Hopefully, this story will help to remind you that our worth is not defined by this world or anyone in it. Our true value comes from our Heavenly Father.
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And here are a few Bible verses to remind us who HE says we are!
7 Bible Verses To Remind You Of Your Identity In Christ
- “Behold, how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! For this cause the world doesn’t know us, because it didn’t know him.” 1 John 3:1
- “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
- “Don’t you know that you are a temple of God, and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16
- “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
- “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant doesn’t know what his lord does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you.” John 15:15
- “You are all children of light, and children of the day. We don’t belong to the night, nor to darkness” 1 Thessalonians 5:5
- “For I am certain that not death, or life, or angels, or rulers, or things present, or things to come, or powers, or things on high, or things under the earth, or anything which is made, will be able to come between us and the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
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