Why was Chris Pratt canceled again? Actor dubbed 'Hollywood's Worst Chris', here's when he drew flak before
Suspicions double manifolded when his name wasn't among the Avengers attached to a fundraiser that supported Joe Biden prior to the presidential election
Chris Pratt's rep is denying that he shared racist tweets in 2012 and 2013 after several offensive tweets attributed to him were circulating online. His rep said they are 'fake'. The 41-year-old Avengers star's rep told TMZ the actor didn't share those messages.
"Chris never tweeted the offensive things that are being circulated today," a rep for the actor told the outlet. "Any suggestion that he did is not only totally false but also defamatory."
This clarification comes after #ripchrispratt started trending on Twitter in response to these alleged messages that were racist and sexist in nature, and dated as far back as 2012. The tweets Pratt's supporters said were fake, read, 'Muslims scare me so much,' and 'calling another n**** a 'n*****' is hilarous idc.'
A Twitter executive told the outlet that they 'strongly believe these [tweets] to be fake' as these allegedly fake tweets were trending on Wednesday (February 3).
Pratt's controversial social media image
The actor's rep also added that he's never deleted any old tweets, and that another referring to body image — '#MissUniverse In a way they all look like Miss Hungry' — was authentic.
#MissUniverse In a way they all look like Miss Hungry.— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) December 20, 2012
This isn't the first time Pratt has been canceled by the Internet. Last fall, he fell into controversy as he attracted fire from critics for not being more engaged in politics. He was even branded as Hollywood's worst Chris, as they mentioned to his involvement in the conservative Zoe Church in Los Angeles as evidence that he's secretly a fan of former President Donald Trump.
At the time, Pratt's close friends and Marvel colleagues, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr, stood by him and defended his character.
Many fished out his Instagram account, where he reportedly followed a number of notable Republican names, such as FOX News host Bret Baier, and politicians Ben Sasse and Dan Crenshaw. Suspicions double manifolded when his name wasn't among the Avengers attached to a fundraiser that supported Joe Biden prior to the presidential election.
'Avengers: Endgame' director Joe Russo, however, came to his defense, saying, he "was not asked to participate because he was halfway across the world in the wrong time zone."
'Toeing the line'
In an interview for Men's Journal in 2017, Pratt expressed a desire to play it safe regarding his political ties. "I really feel there’s common ground out there that’s missed because we focus on the things that separate us. You’re either the red state or the blue state, the left or the right. Not everything is politics," he said. "And maybe that’s something I’d want to help bridge, because I don’t feel represented by either side."
In 2019, Elliot Page called Chris Pratt reportedly being a member of Hillsong Church in Los Angeles, where he was accused of being anti-LGTBQ. "It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which 'hates a certain group of people' and is 'infamously anti-LGBTQ," Pratt responded.
"Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone."
"My faith is important to me but no church defines me or my life, and I am not a spokesman for any group of people," Pratt added. "My values define who I am. We need less hate in this world, not more. I am a man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want free from the judgment of their fellow man."
The current furor about his 2012 and 2013 tweets has not died down as yet, and his rep insists that the tweets were fake.