Sure, most box office hits feature big guns, big boobs, and even bigger swear words, but golly gee boy next door Chris Pratt says don’t judge Tinseltown by its cover! Chris was recently at the Teen Choice Awards and professed his love for God and how the teens tuning in should spend less time wondering what Noah Cyrus was doing and more time talking to the woman upstairs (Oh, c’mon? God is definitely a woman). He was asked to follow up on that recently, and he says life in Hollywood isn’t hard for a Christian like him. For starters, you don’t see Leah Remini devoting an entire A&E series on what he does on Sundays!
The Associated Press caught up with Chris right after he had been spending time with athletes with disabilities. They initially gabbed away about Scientology King Tom Cruise being a nice guy and how that’s something Chris aspires to be known for. Rather than ask, “How does his Xenu stuff stack up against the Bible?!” the reporter simply asked about his motive for talking about faith when he got his award at the Teen Choice Awards. Chris basically said it came down to wanting to expose the kids to what works for him:
“That kind of a message, it might not be for everybody. But there is a group of people for whom that message is designed. And nothing fills my soul more than to think that maybe some kid watching that would say, ‘Hey, I’ve been thinking about that. I’ve been thinking about praying. Let me try that out.’ That’s like the only way I feel like I can repay what has essentially been a giant gift in my life.”
That’s all fine and dandy, but you work in a town where Madonna was able to convince every twentysomething to wear a red string around their wrists for the duration of the early-aughts just because it was her latest interest/religion du jour. Surely Hollywood is going to poo-pooh on you going old school with a religion that doesn’t come with fun jewelry, Chris. Right?! Eh, see for yourself:
“I think that there’s this narrative that exists out there that Hollywood is anti-Christian or anti-religious, but it’s just not the case. They are kind of not anti-anything. They are kind of pro whatever is authentic to you. And I like that. Because it’s authentic for me to be pro-Christian, pro-Jesus. That’s my thing. I like it. And I’ve never had anyone try to shame me, to my face. Maybe they go say it behind my back. But if that’s the case, go ahead. You can say whatever you want about me – to my face or behind my back. I’m not going to change.”
Pro-whatever is authentic to me?! What am I doing in Boston? If I go to Hollywood, it sounds like nobody will judge me for praying at the altar of Popeyes! That’s nice of Hollywood to not say anything to Chris to his face, but I’m still going to say Hollywood is definitely anti-Christian. Do you know how many carbs are in Communion bread?!