TV Guide has labeled actor Chris Pratt a "problematic" and "divisive" celebrity. In a piece posted Friday, TV Guide's Kaitlin Thomas wrote that Pratt was socially and ethically problematic, despite being an A-list actor with millions of fans around the world.
For the publication's "12 Days of Chris-Mas," which was intended to "honor" entertainers named Chris, Thomas targeted Pratt and handed out pointers on how to "love Chris Pratt without hating yourself."
What did she say?
Thomas named many instances in which she believed Pratt — who is very vocal about his faith, love of family, and pride in America — has crossed a social line with many of his normal, day-to-day actions.
"When you take a deeper look at Pratt the man and not necessarily Pratt the actor, some of the shine wears off," Thomas wrote. "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."
Some of those "problematic aspects" include, but are not limited to:
- His "enthusiastic tone" in talking about his "fresh farm-to-table lamb," which he raises, slaughters, and cooks on his own self-sustainable farm;
- Pratt being an "avid hunter who has often spoken about his love of hunting";
- Pratt mocking outrage culture and apologizing in advance for something he might do in the future;
- Pratt — whom the author described as a privileged, straight white male — suggesting that there are few roles in Hollywood that actually represent the real life of a blue collar man; and
- A Pratt Instagram video that directed users to "turn up the volume" and not just "read the subtitles" — which, according to Thomas, was "a statement some members of the hearing-impaired community found dismissive."
So what's Thomas' suggestion on how to deal with all of this pseudo-offense?
"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," Thomas wrote. "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," she concludes, "you're not only wiser, but you simply continue to apply that knowledge moving forward."