Director James Gunn shuts down trolls that attacked Chris Pratt's prayer tweets for director Kevin Smith
Director James Gunn defends Chris Pratt's tweets offering Clerks director Kevin Smith words of comfort following his heart attack.
Chris Pratt landed himself in some hot water after posting a series of tweets. Following the shocking news of Clerks director Kevin Smith's heart attack, Chris posted a series of tweets offering him words of encouragement.
Pratt said in his first tweet how he was praying for the director's good health and also asked his fans to pray for Smith.
Kevin we don’t know each other too good but I have loved you since Clerks and I’m praying my ass off for you cause I believe in the healing power of prayer. Can you please pray with me people!? 🙏♥️ https://t.co/syB7BiQaoY— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) February 26, 2018
In a second tweet, Pratt wrote about Smith's work and how the director had inspired him when he was in high school and his football coach had made him watch the film Clerks.
Praying for you. I will continue to. You inspired me with Clerks when I was a senior HS. I’m tagging my Lb/rb football coach who showed me the movie cause he believed in me and knew I’d be inspired. @hodge1916 🙏♥️🙏 https://t.co/syB7BiQaoY— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) February 26, 2018
This simple tweet seemed to have rubbed a few people in the wrong way. Some users pointed out that it was science and medicine that saves lives while others said that just "thoughts and prayers" are not enough, referencing it to an excuse politicians gave after the Parkland shooting.
is it part of your alleged deity’s master plan that Kevin had a heart attack?— Hi-hat Rhythm (@hi_hat_truth) February 26, 2018
That's cool and everything but Doctors and nurses save lives not prayer.— Retro Bigfoot (@RetroBigfoot) February 26, 2018
Though Chris Pratt hasn't addressed these tweets, the Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn caught wind of this nasty exchange and decided to say something about it.
Gunn took to Twitter to post a thread about it.
So I just read Chris Pratt’s tweet to Kevin Smith saying he would pray for him & made the mistake of reading the comments, many of which go off on Chris for saying he’d pray. I think people misunderstand the backlash against “thoughts & prayers.” (thread)— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 26, 2018
2 There is nothing wrong with sending someone positive thoughts & prayers. But when this is coupled with inaction when action will benefit the situation, it’s empty.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 26, 2018
The director slammed the internet trolls and used a reference to the recent Parkland High School Shooting to make his point.
3 If you’re offering Parkland shooting survivors prayers, but are unwilling to deal with the problems of gun violence in this country in a practical way, those prayers are empty.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 26, 2018
4 And if you’re going to offer prayers to the folks suffering in Puerto Rico, you might consider adding a link for a donation or calling on your representatives to take action, in addition to those prayers. Prayers alone will not change the world.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 26, 2018
The director made 9 points to the internet trolls about how their tweets were horrible and how they should, instead, be adding links for donation or seeking help for people who faced such health issues.
5 But no one expects Chris Pratt to shoulder doctors out of the way and perform heart surgery on Kevin Smith. Nor does Kevin need Chris to pay his medical bills. So I think his prayers are appreciated, and about all he can do.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 26, 2018
6 I’m not tweeting this to defend Chris - he’s a big boy and can take care of himself. But for me, personally, prayer and meditation are great boons to my life and help me navigate my way through this world, and I don’t want to dissuade others who find those things useful.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 26, 2018
"I’m not tweeting this to defend Chris - he’s a big boy and can take care of himself." the director said, "but for me, personally, prayer and meditation are great boons to my life."
James was glad that he has prayer and meditation in his life.
7 I honestly would not be doing what I’m doing in either my career, or in speaking out on political matters, if I wasn’t led there through prayers and meditation. I feel lucky to have these tools.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 26, 2018
8 I don’t think that means YOU need to pray. I don’t. There are many ways to navigate this life. Mine is only one of them. Prayer isn’t for everyone but, in the face of helplessness, it’s often meant as a acknowledgement that one cares (and we all care about @ThatKevinSmith).— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 26, 2018
9 If I am ever sick I will gratefully accept any of your thoughts and prayers. And will not be as grateful for some random fan knocking down my doctor and performing his own brand of kick ass surgery on me. Love to you all. Have a great week.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) February 26, 2018
And with that last tweet, James shut the pointless debate down.
He's right; there are many different ways to navigate through this life. Prayer and meditation can be one of those things for some people. It isn't always the case, but that doesn't mean you disrespect it!
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