- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Actor Chris Pratt has once against sparked anger by online activists and an ideological debate while going out of his way to remain apolitical.

The man who was deemed “problematic” in TV Guide’s “12 Days of Chris-Mas” piece in 2018 for hunting and “pre-apologizing for something he’d probably eventually do” found himself in hot water again with online partisans over an election-inspired joke.

“With all that’s going on in the world it is more important than ever that you vote,” he recently wrote on Instagram. “Just ask any celebrity. They will tell you. Every day. Several times a day. To vote. But me? I will tell you EXACTLY who to vote for. #onward The heroes before us did not spill their blood only to have their sacrifices wasted by your apathy. The upcoming 2020 People’s Choice Awards is the most consequential vote in the history of mankind times a million infinity. Vote for #Onward for family movie of the year. Or else. You WILL die. No hyperbole. Click the link in my bio. Let your voice be heard.”

The joke, a reference to his “Onward” movie about elven brothers who seek to bring their father back to life, enraged partisans while prompting others to debate cancel culture.

Chris Pratt said the election does not concern me because I am a white privileged man, instead vote for my movie so I can get more awards,” responded one viewer.

“Find this caption to be in really poor taste,” added another on Twitter. “I’ve always been a fan of your work and you as a person, but it’s becoming increasingly more difficult as it seems you support everything I don’t agree with. You making a mockery of the importance of this election is too much for me.”

“I’m not really sure it’s funny to tell people to vote for your animated movie while the world is how it is,” added a third person on Oct. 2. “Comes off as privileged and totally tone-deaf.”

The negative feedback was ultimately countered by a flood of supporters who appreciated an actor who doesn’t use celebrity status “to push their views.”

Mr. Pratt made similar waves in 2017 for saying Hollywood should consider making more offerings for “average, blue-collar American.”

His love for hunting has also brought the ire of activists over the years.

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