When Hollywood star Chris Pratt found out that Twitter voted him as the “Chris” that “needs to go” in a viral tweet, he must have wanted to channel his inner Peter Quill to deliver a Star-Lord line: “I look around and you know what I see? Losers,” Quill said in the first “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
But Pratt doesn’t need to do so because his Marvel co-stars rushed to his defense since a tweet from television and movie writer Amy Berg mocked a Halloween-candy meme by stating, “one has to go,” with photos of Pratt, Chris Pine, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans.
Pratt was the unfortunate Twitter target with the reasoning ranging from his acting to his Christian faith or his purported views on politics and issues. By Tuesday night, Robert Downey Jr., Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and director James Gunn rode in on social media horses to save him.
“What a world,” Downey Jr. wrote on Instagram. “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. If you take issue with Chris…I’ve got a novel idea. Delete your social media accounts, sit with your OWN defects of character, work on THEM, then celebrate your humanness…”
Saldana tweeted a Tupac Shakur quote: “Stick your chest out, keep your head up and handle it,” with a note that his colleagues know his heart.
Ruffalo tweeted that Pratt is “as solid a man there is. I know him personally, and instead of casting aspersions, look at how he lives his life.” Gunn called him “the best dude in the world.”
Score one for super heroes over disgusting trolls.