Chris Pratt has finally commented on the “Worst Chris” joke that snowballed into something way, way too serious.
Pratt has been involved in the AGBO Superhero Fantasy Football League, a celebrity-driven charity event in which both Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth have also been participating. Pratt and Evans have made it to the finals, and the Guardians of the Galaxy actor had some things to say about it on his Instagram Stories.
“I made it to the finals! I’m in the finals! How did this happen?” he asked in a series of clips. “It’s a 14-man league. I had 14th draft pick. Do you know what hard that is? I was picked last. It was very traumatic. Anyone who’s been picked last knows how that feels.”
Pratt then went on to discuss how he’s fared against the other Hollywood Chrises in this competition.
“I snuck two very, very close victories off, the most recent one being Chris Evans. He beat Chris Hemsworth last week. So I guess we finally put an end to that debate,” he said, before adding: “Who’s the better Chris? It’s one of them.”
There’s always been running jokes about ranking the various Chrises in Hollywood, both because there are so many of them and because so many of them, now, are involved in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
But this particular “controversy” started when writer Amy Berg tweeted out pictures of Pratt, Evans, Hemsworth, and Chris Pine, asking which one has to go. It’s a familiar tweet format — four pics, which item or person are you losing — but this time, Pratt’s name began trending as people reminded everyone that he goes to a Los Angeles megachurch that still holds anti-LGBTQ beliefs, and has defended his church in the past.
While the frustrations over Pratt’s Hillsong ties and the assumption — as of yet unchallenged by Pratt himself — that he holds similar beliefs about the LGBTQ community as his church are real, the whole “Worst Chris” thing was still essentially a joke, and something that would have faded away on Twitter in a short amount of time, as most things do.
However, Pratt’s co-stars, friends, and family, took it far too seriously, and jumped to defend him on all platforms.
This sparked intense backlash from Pratt’s critics as well more casual onlookers who were drawn in once actors started behaving as though people were baselessly attacking Pratt rather than simply pointing out his questionable ties to an organization that blatantly believes homosexuality is wrong. The outpouring of support for Pratt from people associated with the MCU also raised questions as to why actors like Brie Larson or Zendaya didn’t receive similar support when they were the targets of relentless misogyny or racism on social media.
To Pratt’s credit, he doesn’t seem to be taking the whole thing as seriously as his co-stars did, but then, there isn’t much need to defend yourself when everyone else has already taken the hits for you. But if he ever decides to address the actual concern behind his “Worst Chris” title in a way that isn’t simply defending his church, well, that might be worth listening to.