Since the internet decided that Chris Pratt is the worst of the "Hollywood Chrises", a lot of back and forth arguing has gone down on social media.
In case you missed it, last week there was a Twitter challenge that asked which "one has to go" out of Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Chris Pine and Chris Pratt. Which is a shame really because there's plenty of room for all these lovely Chrises in the world.
A number of users chose Pratt citing his alleged political views as well as his religious beliefs.
Responding to a Tweeter who claimed people dislike Pratt because "he goes to a church that is openly homophobic," James Gunn, who directed the actor in the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' films, wrote, "So do 98% of Christians, all Catholics, most Muslims & some Jews.
"I was a Catholic for years, hoping I could have a bigger impact working for gay rights from the inside. I eventually gave up. But it was a valid choice. & I applaud other non-bigots who do the same."
He added: "Chris himself has openly stated the church he attends doesn’t reflect all of his personal views, and that he is a 'man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want.'"
The former wrote: 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."
Ruffalo also defended Chris Pratt and noted that there were bigger issues to focus on.
He tweeted: "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."
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
Pratt's wife Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt left an Instagram comment asking if this is "really what we need."
"There’s so much going on in the world and people are struggling in so many ways," she wrote. "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."
Zoe Saldana, Pratt's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' co-star, also tweeted in defense of the actor.
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
Many now are noting on Twitter that other Marvel stars, like Brie Larson, Zendaya and Tessa Thompson among others, didn't receive such support from cast mates when they were the subjects of online harassment.
oh and Emily Van Camp was dragged too, like the female MCU costars literally got BULLIED by the internet but when people say they prefer Evans, Hemsworth, and Pine over Pratt..... in a Twitter JOKE...... that’s a problem? y’all make me sad
— Micah Lawrence (@reeseyl21) October 21, 2020
All these Marvel dudes were REAL quiet when Zendaya, Tessa Thompson, and Brie Larson were getting mercilessly harassed by dudebros, but Chris Pratt gets RIGHTFULLY called out on his bullshit, and they suddenly have a lot to say.
They can all get in the dumpster with him. pic.twitter.com/hH1dnyUpno
— Steph Evz (@Steph_Evz) October 20, 2020