It’s been, ohh, maybe a week tops since Twitter last spent a solid amount of time dunking on Chris Pratt, but in the latest round of “wailing on Chris Pratt for [insert valid and not-so-valid reasons]” the platform’s users have posited that Pratt could easily be replaced by School of Rock star Jack Black in any role he’s inhabited to date. Why? Well, why not? It’s Twitter.
The wealthy Pratt, who married Arnie’s daughter Katherine Schwarzenegger in 2019, has starred in a string of major blockbusters, including Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Endgame, Jurassic World and The Lego Movie, and has also been a perceived thorn in the internet’s backside for a while. Things really stepped up a gear last February, though, when Umbrella Academy actor Elliot Page referred to the Christian church Pratt attends as “infamously anti-LGBTQ”, a claim that Pratt refuted, saying “nothing could be further from the truth.”
The religious actor has also been accused of being a right-wing Trump supporter. For his part, Pratt has neither confirmed or denied it, and he was listed as having donated money to Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, but by 2017 he appeared to have become somewhat apolitical, telling People of his frustrations that “You’re either the red state or the blue state, the left or the right. Not everything is politics. And maybe that’s something I’d want to help bridge, because I don’t feel represented by either side.”
He added “I don’t feel we have to be at war with each other like we are, and it’s just getting worse.”
Back in October, when the “Worst Chris” discourse was once again running rampant online, Vulture put out an opinion piece on just how tired they thought the whole thing had become, with contributor Rebecca Alter writing “It’s great that Chris Evans is an outspoken Democrat, but the job of all of these guys is to be a himbo onscreen and a millionaire off, and it’s weird to want more from them instead of amplifying the voices of actual activists who do politics as their job.”
If Pratt or anyone sick of the Chriscourse had investigated the reasons he was trending on Twitter this week, they certainly wouldn’t have found much of it to be an incoming Band-Aid to either America’s political divide or Pratt’s ongoing social media woes, though honestly it’s kinda great to see how much love people have for Jack Black.
It all started here…
And with that, the discourse was underway.
The new barrage of Chris Pratt hate/Jack Black love was inevitably met with a mix of bemusement and scorn by people who are just plain sick of it all.
Even the friggin UberFacts Twitter account felt moved to post some Pratt love.
While others felt like those who were anti-Pratt were going the wrong way in their mission to eventually cancel him.
Regardless, most of the less-fun Chriscourse is nothing new.
Indeed there is. And it’ll likely not be a button that Twitter will stop pressing anytime soon.