In their annual “12 Days of Chris-Mas,” TV Guide called Christian actor Chris Pratt “problematic” as well as accusing him of being a “divisive” celebrity.
In a piece posted on Friday, Kaitlin Thomas, the senior editor of TV Guide, called his life offscreen “problematic” despite the actor winning MTV’s “Generation Award,” this past June.
The “12 Days of Chris-Mas,” was created to “honor” actors named Chris, yet Thomas spent the entirety of the Chris Pratt piece educating readers on how to “love Chris Pratt without hating yourself.”
Thomas pointed out that she believes that Pratt continues to overstep a line with some of his day-to-day actions of which he talks about on social media. Some of these might include but are not limited to: his Christian faith, his deep love for his family, and his love for America.
“When you take a deeper look at Pratt the man and not necessarily Pratt the actor, some of the shine wears off,” Thomas wrote in her hit piece. “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.”
Thomas then goes on to list out what these”problematic aspects” include.
According to Thomas, some of his “problematic aspects” include:
- Being too “enthusiastic” about his “fresh farm-to-table lamb” of which he raises on his self-sustainable farm that he lives on.
- Being an “avid hunter who has often spoken about his love of hunting”;
- Pratt poking fun at outrage culture and jokingly apologizing for something he might say to make them mad in the future;
- Being a “privileged” straight white male
- Telling followers to “turn up the volume” and not just “read the subtitles” on an Instagram post which Thomas deemed “a statement some members of the hearing-impaired community found dismissive.”
Thomas concluded her hit piece on Pratt by reassuring fans that if they find some of the same things problematic that she did, there are ways to move past them and enjoy his acting.
“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.”