- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Actor Robert Downey Jr. ripped cancel culture this week after new attempts to label colleague Chris Pratt as a “White supremacist” and a supporter of President Trump flooded social media.

Critics of Mr. Pratt went into an online frenzy in part because he did not attend an “Avengers” fundraiser for Joseph R. Biden’s Democratic presidential campaign.

Celebrities who attended the event included Mr. Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana.

“What a world,” Mr. Downey Jr. wrote Tuesday. “The ‘sinless’ are casting stones at my #brother, Chris Pratt. A real #Christian who lives by #principle, has never demonstrated anything but #positivity and #gratitude. AND he just married into a family that makes space for civil discourse and (just plain fact) INSISTS on service as the highest value.”

Marvel’s “Iron Man” was greeted with his own wave of negative feedback for the remarks.

Some comments include:

  • “Literally wtf. He’s a trump supporter. A Trump supporter!”
  • “He’s inherently homophobic, he belongs to a church that is completely and radically conservative.”
  • “And with this comment, you have lost my support. We cannot afford to prop up those that are voting for Trump.”
  • “Damn it. Why are all rich people trash?”
  • “Supporting this white supremacist homophobic anti-LGBTQ+ man but doing nothing when Brie Larson was getting death threats, when Don Cheadle and Zendaya were being attacked by racist trolls for me.”
  • “You’re defending someone who’s openly homophobic and who supports a man who is a fascist white supremacist. this is majorly disappointing
    He’s just as Christian as Trump and every other RepubliKKKan. Eat sh—.”

Mr. Pratt’s critics also claim he is anti-LGBT because he is a Christian who attends Hillsong Church.

“If you take issue with Chris, I’ve got a novel idea,” Mr. Downey Jr. continued. “Delete your social media accounts, sit with your OWN defects of #character, work on THEM, then celebrate your humanness.”

Mr. Ruffalo also defended Mr. Pratt on Twitter by saying he’s “as solid a man there is.”

“I know him personally, and instead of casting aspersions, look at how he lives his life,” Mr. Ruffalo wrote. “He is just not overtly political as a rule.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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