Chris Pratt is looking to change how he is perceived by the larger audience, but not in terms of how he performs. Pratt wants to show that he is not as religious as people think he is, a perception that might have caused him some problems already.
Pratt is known to attend churches and shares the philosophy that all of us should have faith in God. That is why this out-of-the-blue course correction doesn’t sit right with some fans, who suggest that there is some other motive here.
He's just trynna get ppl to see his movies again
— ✨shit on these walls ray✨ (@AJay__yaJA) June 29, 2022
Chris Pratt wants to set the record straight
In a recent interview with Men’s Health, The Jurassic World trilogy star said that he’s not nearly as religious as people think he is. Pratt, though he didn’t mention it explicitly, would prefer the term ‘spiritual’. Pratt also went on record to show how saddened he was to see sins being performed in the name of organized religion. Pratt went on record to say, “Religion has been oppressive as f*** for a long time.”
That is why Pratt finds it all the more bewildering how he is considered “the face of religion when really I’m not a religious person.”
How Chris Pratt began to be viewed as a religious person
The 43-year-old actor is known for being a believer in God, not even shying in front of cameras at the national level. Pratt cited one of his “nine rules” when he accepted an award in 2018 at the MTV Movie & TV Awards. The rule went, “God is real. God loves you, God wants the best for you. Believe that; I do.” He has been considered a religious person ever since this moment. And in retrospect, even Pratt agreed that this was a decision that he could have avoided.
Pratt shared that there were better ways to pray to God than blindly following religion. He said, “I think there’s a distinction between being religious — adhering to the customs created by man, oftentimes appropriating the awe reserved for who I believe is a very real God — and using it to control people, to take money from people, to abuse children, to steal land, to justify hatred. Whatever it is. The evil that’s in the heart of every single man has glommed onto the back of religion and come along for the ride.”
But Chris Pratt’s interview has met with excessive criticism on the part of the fans who were quick to remind him how ‘non-religious’ he has been.
As soon as the interview was released, a certain section of Twitter erupted in anger at Chris Pratt, reminding him of his religious activities. A Twitter user who goes by the username @as_seenontv revealed that he once saw Chris Pratt pray in a restaurant over a pound of bison meat
Sir, I’ve seen you publicly pray in a restaurant over a pound of bison meat, and you didn’t tip me shit compared to what you’d previously tipped our straight men on staff. https://t.co/JUtuNYSSnh
— Michael Maximoff (@as_seenontv) June 28, 2022
The tweet made a buzz and got a lot of retweets. He further alleged, “You (Pratt) didn’t tip me shit compared to what you’d previously tipped our straight men on staff.”
The twin allegations mean that not only is it up for debate whether Chris is religious or not. It is also being put to question whether or not he’s homophobic. This is not the first time the Guardians of the Galaxy Star is being blamed for showing homophobic behavior along with extreme religious feelings.
Ellen Page alleged that he was an active member of Hillsong Church, a church notorious for being anti-LGBTQIA+. But Pratt categorically denied the claim.
And now some fans are fed up with these actions on the actor’s behalf. They label these actions as hypocritical and want some concrete steps taken right away.
So he says he’s “not religious” and “not spiritual,” but also that he believes God is “very real”? pic.twitter.com/oFz9Nclach
— Dan Funk Railroad (@DanMoffTarkin) June 29, 2022
— lixx (@lixxlah) June 29, 2022
It seems the interview has created more problems for Pratt than he could have anticipated.