TV Guide has some strong feelings against actor Chris Pratt.
Pratt’s career took off after his role as Andy Dwyer on the show Parks and Rec. Today, he is one of the leading men in Hollywood, starring in Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World.
His stellar acting career landed him on TV Guide’s “12 Days of ‘Chris-mas” list, featuring all the Hollywood Chrises.
Although Pratt clearly has had a successful run in Hollywood, TV Guide had to put an astricts by his name, noting in a spinoff article that Pratt is the “most complicated and divisive of the Chrises.”
In an article titled, “How to Love Chris Pratt Without Hating Yourself,” TV Guide picked apart the actor’s personal life, writing, “it’s impossible to ignore some problematic aspects of [Pratt’s] life offscreen.”
One of the main reasons TV Guide found Pratt to be “problematic” was that he is an “avid hunter” and he raises lambs on his family farm.
TV Guide noted that Pratt once talked about raising the lambs for meat during a video on Instagram. Pratt said, “They are the happiest lambs on the planet, they are so sweet and then one day they wake up dead and they’re in my freezer.”
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#whatsmysnack ?? LAMB SON! I’m excited to get back into posting stuff to social media after a much needed hiatus. Here’s what to expect: #videos #pictures #workouts #farmlife #michelobultra (I’m doing a commercial for them for the Super Bowl) #JurassicWorld #FallenKingdom #Avengers #InfinityWar #jokes #inspirationalquotes #bible What not to expect: #politics #DPicks Be kind. See you very soon.
Some people were outraged, which is another reason TV Guide called Pratt problematic: He mocked outrage culture.
The article pointed to a Facebook post by Pratt where he penned a satirical post pre-apologizing for anything he will do in the future that could offend someone.
I want to make a heartfelt apology for whatever it is I end up accidentally saying during the forthcoming #JurassicWorld…
“To those I (will have) offended please understand how truly sorry I already am. I am fully aware that the subject matter of my imminent forthcoming mistake, a blunder (possibly to be) dubbed “JurassicGate” is (most likely) in no way a laughing matter. To those I (will likely have had) offended rest assured I will do everything in my power to make sure this doesn’t happen (again).”
TV Guide also slammed Pratt for considering himself to be part of middle-America, despite being a successful, wealthy, movie star. Pratt told Men’s Health, “I think there’s room for me to tell [his story], and probably an audience that would be hungry for them. The voice of the average, blue-collar American isn’t necessarily represented in Hollywood.”
TV Guide noted that Pratt eventually apologized, saying there are a lot of movies that represent blue-collar America.
Despite Pratt’s apology, running a family farm, hunting, openly discussing faith, and expressing distaste for some of the outrage culture in Hollywood aren’t the standard features of a Hollywood star — which is why TV Guide found him to be problematic in the first place.