'A Real Christian': Avengers Cast Defends Chris Pratt after Twitter Denounces Him for His Christian Beliefs

Mikaela Mathews | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Thursday, October 22, 2020
Chris Pratt, Avengers speak out in defense of Chris Pratt after the internet attacks his beliefs

'A Real Christian': Avengers Cast Defends Chris Pratt after Twitter Denounces Him for His Christian Beliefs

Robert Downey, Jr., defended fellow Avenger actor Chris Pratt on social media this week after Twitter users attacked Pratt for his assumed political and theological beliefs.

According to CBN News, after missing a virtual fundraiser for Joe Biden, TV writer Amy Berg called Pratt out on Twitter. She posted a picture of Pratt with three other pictures of fellow Chrises—Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and Chris Pine—with the caption “One has to go.” The post, which was intended as a light-hearted joke, snowballed into harsh backlash against the Guardians of the Galaxy star.

Twitter users called Pratt a “conservative Trumper,” a “Bible pusher,” and the “worst Chris,” according to CBN.

His wife, Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt, came to his defense quickly, saying that “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.”

Fellow Marvel actors followed in response, including Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana. Director James Gun also came to Pratt’s defense.

“What a world…The ‘sinless’ are casting stones at my #brother, Chris Pratt …” Downey said referring to John 8:7. “A real #Christian who lives by #principle, has never demonstrated anything but #positivity and #gratitude … 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 …”

Robert Downey Jr and Chris Pratt

Ruffalo, who plays the Hulk in the Avengers franchise and vocally supports Biden, came to Pratt’s side, as well.

“I know [Pratt] personally, and instead of casting aspersions, look at how he lives his life,” Ruffalo tweeted. “He is just not overtly political as a rule.”

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn tweeted, “Please stop assuming what he believes, politically or in any other way, because he’s a Christian.”

And, Guardians co-star Zoe Saldana encouraged Pratt to “keep your head up.”

Berg, who originally made the tweet that started it all, discouraged “hate-filled” comments from both sides, as well.

According to Forbes Magazine, some fans have long felt uncomfortable with Chris’ religious beliefs, specifically his support of the church Hillsong because of their LGBTQ views.

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Mikaela Mathews is a freelance writer and editor based in Dallas, TX. She was the editor of a local magazine and a contributing writer for the Galveston Daily News and Spirit Magazine.