by Frank Miniter - Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Oh, how they hate that they can’t control Chris Pratt.
Political correctness (“PC” for short) is about forcing others to conform in language, custom and even thought … or else. The “else” in this case means being de-platformed by the PC police (which is much of Hollywood, the mainstream media and those who control the big social-media platforms from their San Francisco-area headquarters).
The actor Chris Pratt has made a habit of thinking for himself and—outrage upon outrages—of expressing his views on Instagram, Twitter and more. Pratt is a hunter who has a lot of followers on social media. Yeah, Pratt is a danger to the PC police’s control.
Pratt earned his popularity with his character Bright Abbott on The WB Television Network’s “Everwood” and as Andy Dwyer on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” He became a movie star with his roles in 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” and 2015’s “Jurassic World.” Pratt now has one of those red stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and he won MTV’s Generation Award. He is popular and he hunts—talk about dangerous.
Pratt also raises his own livestock (in his case, sheep) for food. He has taken open and literal responsibility for his own sustenance. He is trying to live a real life, not a delusional existence lived behind the mind-controlling views of the PC filters. This has made him a heretic to the PC orthodoxy. That would be fine with the PC police if Pratt quietly lived on a farm in flyover country, as they could then simply ignore him as they try to shape the zeitgeist of the Western consciousness. But he isn’t someone who can be ignored. He is a young and popular actor. He could even be—“oh no,” gasp the PC police—a role model for today’s young men and women. This has made Pratt a person they must shame, even take down.
The latest attack is from Kaitlin Thomas, senior editor, West Coast for “TV Guide.” Aside from the article being one in a Christmastime series about men named “Chris”—not Christ, mind you—and the title being, “How to Love Chris Pratt without Hating Yourself”—because loving a hunter automatically conflates to hating yourself—it’s a smug condemnation. This hit piece tells people it’s okay to enjoy Pratt’s performances if you don’t take his off-camera views seriously.
“When you take a deeper look at Pratt the man and not necessarily Pratt the actor, some of the shine wears off,” writes Thomas. “Although he can be as funny off screen as he is on—his recurring ‘What’s My Snack’ videos on Instagram are almost always delightful—it’s impossible to ignore some problematic aspects of his life off screen.”
They now bring on the shaming.
They say he tried to give a cat away via Twitter. Later, he tried to find a home for a dog. Both of these might have been pets that didn’t fit his life, so instead of having them euthanized or perhaps failing to give them the life they could have, he—bring on the shunning—found them homes with people who really want them. Pratt must be a cold, selfish beast indeed!
“Adding fuel to this particular fire is the fact that Pratt, an avid hunter who has often spoken about his love of hunting, currently raises lambs on his farm,” Thomas writes.
Oh no, Pratt not only hunts, he also takes responsibility for his sustenance by raising livestock. That is so un-PC. I mean, a PC person is supposed to go vegan and then close his or her mind to the fact that even farmers who raise vegetables must prevent deer, rodents, insects and so on from eating their crops.
“Pratt posted a photo of several pieces of fresh lamb meat and even compared said lamb’s death to something as easy or trivial as ‘unplugging a TV,’” Thomas writes.
So then, what Pratt is really guilty of is popping the PC bubble with, you know, reality.
The story goes on to accuse Pratt of being PC insensitive because he talked about Hollywood’s need to make movies about “average, blue-collar” Americans. How dare he say such an obvious thing as they should make movies for the millions and millions of people who live in flyover country, Thomas writes, as he is “a successful, straight white man at the heart of two major film franchises … [and] there are a number of communities actually struggling for better representation, communities that have been fighting for a very long time to see themselves on TV and film.”
Hmm, so because Pratt wants to tell more stories about “average, blue-collar” Americans he is somehow stopping the productions of films about other groups?
Now comes the knockout punch from Thomas. “Just one month after the blue collar comments, Pratt posted another video to Instagram with a caption that urged his followers to ‘turn up the volume’ and not just ‘read the subtitles,’ a statement some members of the hearing-impaired community found dismissive.” Pratt, Thomas writes, apologized for this by saying this caption was intended “so people wouldn’t scroll past the video on mute.” Talk about much ado about nothing; this is an example of PC spin designed to make people fear speaking openly.
In the end, the “TV Guide” hit piece by Kaitlin Thomas tells us it is okay to enjoy Pratt’s performances on screen, just as long as we don’t take him seriously off screen. “Taking issue with some of Pratt’s real-life remarks doesn’t mean that you can’t still find him funny as Andy Dwyer or Star-Lord.”
Clearly, Thomas and her superiors at “TV Guide” must think they have to do all they can to keep Pratt’s reality checks from opening the eyes and minds of young Americans. Their fear of fears is that Pratt might be a role model. That could mean more might also take responsibility for their own meat. Such a thing could erode the PC police’s thought control. Freedom, to them, is just too dangerous a thing.
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