Chris Pratt Controversy: Face of the Anti-LGBTQ church?

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Chris Pratt Controversy

Chris Pratt Controversy: Christopher Pratt is an actor from the United States. He became well-known as Andy Dwyer in the NBC series Parks and Recreation. He also appeared in the series Everwood and the movie Wanted, Jennifer’s Body, Moneyball, Zero Dark Thirty, and Her.

Pratt established himself as a leading figure in Hollywood by starring in two successful film series. He portrayed Star-Lord in Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero films such as Guardians of the Galaxy, GOTG Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. He also played Owen Grady in the adventure film Jurassic World and its sequels, Fallen Kingdom and Dominion.

Chris Pratt Controversy
Chris Pratt Controversy

Chris Pratt Controversy

Chris Pratt Controversy: Recently, Chris Pratt reacted to being “the face of religion” and getting hate from people.

“I never went to Hillsong,” Chris Pratt said of the divisive church in a cover story for Men’s Health released today. “I’ve never been to Hillsong Church. I’m not familiar with anyone from that church.”

Those are some of the most emphatic comments made by the Guardians of the Galaxy star since he became a type of Christian figure in Hollywood.

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Pratt attributes the town’s young evangelical movement to a speech at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards in which he proclaimed, “God is real.” God loves you and wants everything that is best for you. Believe me, I do.”

Some may have found the word “you” and the statement “Believe me; I do” a touch too evangelical. Pratt tells Men’s Health as much.

The Stephen Colbert show

In 2019, after Pratt appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and spoke his beliefs, Elliot Page tweeted, “Oh. K. Um. But his church is notoriously anti-LGBTQ, so perhaps address that as well?”

“If you are a prominent actor and you belong to an organization that hates a certain set of people, don’t be shocked if someone simply asks why it isn’t addressed,” the Umbrella Academy actor continued. “Being anti-LGBTQ is not right; there are no two sides. It causes significant damage. Completely finished. Love to everyone.”

While it’s unclear whether Page was referring to the scandal-plagued Hillsong Church, which once housed many prominent young Christians in Hollywood, the Twittersphere certainly interpreted it that way. Hillsong allegedly engaged in homosexual conversion therapy, which aims to “pray the gay away.”

“It has recently been alleged that I belong to a church that ‘hates people and is ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ,” Pratt responded on Instagram at the time. “That could not be further from the truth. I attend a church that welcomes anybody and everyone.” The Jurassic Park actor did not mention Hillsong, and there’s a solid reason behind that: He doesn’t attend services there.

James Gunn defends Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt Controversy: His Guardians director, James Gunn, defended Pratt then, telling Twitter critics that Pratt had never been confirmed to be a member of the allegedly anti-LGBTQ church.

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“No, he isn’t. I know where he presently attends church. Do you? (The answer is no, but you heard from someone who heard from someone who heard from someone who heard from someone else where he goes to church and thought, “oh, okay, I’ll believe this awful thing I heard online about this celebrity!”)

Chris Pratt Controversy
Chris Pratt Controversy

Men’s Health Interview

Pratt tells Men’s Health that he attends Zoe Church in Los Angeles, followed by former Hillsong member Justin Bieber. Chad Veach, the founder of Zoe Church, did tell the New York Times that he modelled his Christian community partly after Hillsong.

Pratt further claims that, while he attends Veach’s church services, he does not do so entirely. For instance, the actor claims that he and Katherine Schwarzenegger, his wife, baptized one of their children at a Santa Monica Catholic church, where she prayed as a youngster.

“Religion has been oppressive as f*ck for a long time,” Pratt tells Men’s Health. “I didn’t know that I would kind of become the face of religion when I’m not a religious person. I think there’s a distinction between being religious — adhering to the customs created by man, often appropriating the awe reserved for who I believe is an authentic God — and using it to control people, take money from people, abuse children, steal land, to justify hatred. Whatever it is. The evil in the heart of every man has glommed onto the back of religion and come along for the ride.”

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