Take Notes, Hollywood. Chris Pratt is the Movie Star America Needs.
Disclaimer for literalists, tribalists, and people who think the word "libtard" is comedic gold: if you have difficulty separating the art from the artist, go get yourself a latte, this post isn't for you. If you think celebrities should never be admired for the admirable things they do or say, go watch a cat video. If you like Chris Pratt but don't like he's getting a divorce from Anna Faris because family values, this column won't help you. Feel free to head back to the comment section of your choice to chew me out for summarily dismissing you. Namaste.
Over the weekend, Chris Pratt offered advice nuggets to a thirsty audience. An audience of mostly young people who've been puffed up and told they're wonderful just for being them. An audience of mostly young people who've not been raised to believe in anything greater than themselves. And government. Chris Pratt told young people, among other things, to always earn what they want (no matter what it is), to strive to better themselves because they're not perfect "just the way they are," to believe in God and His love for them, and that prayer is good for the soul.
It's Prattness with spring petals. Come on.
He offered this spiritual advice, of all places, at the MTV Movie Awards. Advice which could harm his career, which is hardly solidified. In Hollywood, a place of extreme hedonism, nothing is worse than a man of principle who tells Hollywood's target audience -- young people -- to pray, believe in God, and work for what they want.
Chris Pratt is not a perfect person. No one is. But from the outside looking in, he's a decent man who, at least while married, loved his wife. Who loves his son. Who works hard and well for the life he leads. Read also: Chris Pratt Shares Picture of His Pet Lambs. A Delicious Picture.
Yes, he's getting a divorce. He's a flawed human being as we all are. Every one of us is a hypocrite. Including me. Including you. But for just a moment, separate Chris Pratt's flaws and examine the value of what he offers. Present tense.
Hollywood lately has largely been a garbage dispensary. When it's not pushing the homosexual agenda, when it isn't devaluing human sexuality, it offers hollowness, vanity, vapidness. As a whole, Hollywood is an industry which pushes depravity in the form of entertainment. Not always. With most statements, there are exceptions which disprove the rule.
I'm suggesting Chris Pratt is one of those exceptions.
Think back on our most recent movie stars. For the sake of brevity, I'm limiting it to just leading men. Since Chris Pratt is not a leading lady. Hold your hate tweets, feminist bovines.
I contend it's been years since we've actually had a star who commanded the box office. Chris Pratt isn't a movie star equalling the caliber of Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, or Will Smith in any of their heydays. But with the right film selections, Pratt could be.
And no, I'm not suggesting we drop everything and worship Chris Pratt. No celebrity should be worshiped like the media fawned over Obama. Or the pleats in his pants.
It's just when was the last time you heard a Hollywood movie star encourage young people to pray? When was the last time you heard a movie star tell an audience they aren't "perfect just the way they are" despite every sappy song pumped through the FM dials assuring personal perfection? When was the last time a movie star gave witness to God's love?
I can't think of one. Which isn't to say there haven't been entertainers who've been pro-God, just that in my limited memory, no star of Pratt's caliber has offered an even semi-decent example of a good, God-following man in an industry recently known for raping ambitious young ladies.
We're in the midst of a cultural shift. People like Chris Pratt are far more capable of shifting the culture than any OpEd I may write, or any OpEd projectile vomited from an angry lesbian at HuffPo. Especially if Pratt reaches a level in his career when he can produce films which, in their characters, are more reflective of conservative, Christian values.
If the culture is going to change, the movers and shakers of culture must change first. If Chris Pratt can speak openly about faith, values, and God, he may pave the way for others to follow. It takes just a few leaders to bring about change. Chris Pratt could be one.
~ Written by Courtney Kirchoff