Earlier this week, actor and director Kevin Smith (Clerks) made headlines after his potentially life-saving decision to cancel his second comedy show of the night and see a doctor. As it turns out, he was feeling ill because he had suffered a severe heart attack – a ‘widow maker’ that likely would’ve been fatal had he attempted to stick around for the encore performance.
As Faithwire previously reported, Chris Pratt reached out with a nice tweet offering prayers. Almost immediately, tweets began pouring in criticizing the prayer offering. Hollywood director James Gunn entered the debate and offered a defense of prayer.
It was just the latest example of how increasingly intolerant some are becoming on public displays of faith, when even a benign prayer offering is harshly mocked. But Smith himself took to Facebook live to give fans an update, and he addressed the issue personally.
“Poor Chris Pratt, one of my favorite actors on the planet. He put up a nice tweet,” Smith began, before expressing his surprise at the reaction.
“And I guess people attacked him, like “f*** your prayers, man! And then James Gunn had to jump in,” Smith explained. So how did the actor – the one the prayers were actually meant for – feel about the prayers?
“Thanks to Chris Pratt, how sweet was that,” Smith said. “Please don’t fight over stuff like that. It’s a waste of time. Prayer, whether you’re religious or not, somebody saying ‘I’ll pray for you’ is good intention, it’s very nice.”
And with that, the debate was over. Continued prayers for Mr. Smith as he recovers from this health scare!
You can watch the full update to his fans below. Relevant portion around the 12:45 mark (language warning):
Greetings from Glendale Adventist Hospital!
Posted by Kevin Smith on Tuesday, February 27, 2018