Chris Pratt labeled ‘problematic,’ ‘divisive’ celebrity for TV Guide’s ‘Chris-Mas’ coverage

January 8, 2019 GMT

Actor Chris Pratt has received the op-ed equivalent of coal in his stocking by TV Guide for being socially “problematic.”

The publication’s “TV Guide’s 12 Days of Chris-Mas” may be billed as a “festive celebration” to “honor” celebrities named Chris for the holidays, but its recent piece suggests otherwise. The “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” star says fans need to learn how to “love Chris Pratt without hating yourself.”

“When you take a deeper look at Pratt the man and not necessarily Pratt the actor, some of the shine wears off. Although he can be as funny offscreen as he is on his recurring “What’s My Snack” videos on Instagram are almost always delightful it’s impossible to ignore some problematic aspects of his life offscreen,” the magazine’s Kaitlin Thomas wrote Friday.

“So, are we talking like Harvey Weinstein problematic? Kevin Spacey problematic? Kevin Hart problematic? What?” responded the social media aggregator Twitchy.

Reasons for Mr. Pratt’s “problematic” nature include:

“Pratt mocked outrage culture in a [2015] Facebook post, pre-apologizing for something he’d probably eventually do.” Mr. Pratt gave a 2017 interview in which he called for more Hollywood films for the “average, blue-collar American.” The actor is an “avid hunter who has often spoken about his love of hunting, currently raises lambs on his farm.” “Pratt apparently tried to give his family’s aging cat away via Twitter, though he later gave an explanation (future children) and said the cat eventually found a good home.”

TV Guide then lamented the “enthusiastic tone” in which he previously spoke about eating “fresh farm-to-table lamb.”

“Taking issue with some of Pratt’s real-life remarks doesn’t mean that you can’t still find him funny as Andy Dwyer or Star-Lord,” the writer continued. “Those two things can absolutely exist in the same space. It’s actually one of the fundamental rules of understanding celebrity. And once you know that, you’re not only wiser, but you simply continue to apply that knowledge moving forward.”

The Daily Wire, a conservative website run by editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro, responded Monday by offering an unspoken motive for TVGuide’s op-ed: Mr. Pratt’s willingness to discuss his Christian faith.

“While TV Guide will never openly admit it, one of the real reasons they’re targeting Pratt is that he is open about his faith,” the website wrote. “In fact, the TV Guide hit-piece comes just a few weeks after Pratt read part of Luke’s Gospel at Disneyland and offered his own personal comments on his Christian beliefs.”

Mr. Pratt also told an audience during Fox’s “Teen Choice Awards” in August that he felt a responsibility to thank God for his professional success.

“Wow, what a great crowd,” he said while accepting a “Choice Summer Movie Actor” award for “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” “I’m so thrilled to be here. ... I want to thank God. I always do that when I’m up on a big platform in front of a bunch of young faces. I say, ‘I love God!’ That’s my thing, I love him and you should, too!”