Chris Pratt would like to have your attention, please:
Those comments Ellen Page had about his beloved church? He is so not having it. If you recall, Page reacted to Pratt’s interview with Stephen Colbert, in which he spoke about the recent biblically-inspired diet he was on, with a quick tweet.
Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too? https://t.co/meg8m69FeF
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) February 8, 2019
Ellen doubled down on that initial tweet and followed it up with two more glorious posts. Because, keep in mind, Chris’ appearance on The Late Show came a week after Ellen’s, where she made that impassioned speech about leaders who promote hatred and intolerance. Let’s watch it again, shall we?
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) February 1, 2019
Pratt responded to Page’s claims on his Instagram story, and defended his church and reiterated his beliefs and values.
Chris didn’t name names, or call Ellen out, but in his statement, he said, “Nothing could be further from the truth,” in regards to his church hating people and being “infamously anti-LGBTQ,” adding that his Hillsong-affiliated church “opens their doors to absolutely everyone.”
Hmm, perhaps Pratt isn’t aware that Hillsong, the church that is also home to many other famous believers such as Justin and Hailey Bieber, Selena Gomez, and members of the Kardashian-Jenner klan, and its affiliates do, or did until recently, support gay conversion therapy. The church has also often stated it believes the biblical definition of marriage is a man and a woman, and has cut off gay members and fired pastors who came out.
In fact, a 2015 blog post titled “Do I Love Gay People?,” written by Brian Houston, the founder and senior pastor of Hillsong in Australia, stated that while the church “welcomes ALL people” it “does not affirm all lifestyles.” And in case that wasn’t clear enough, he added: “We do not affirm a gay lifestyle and because of this we do not knowingly have actively gay people in positions of leadership.”
So it’s easy to get where Ellen is coming from. But Chris attempted to cover those bases, stating that he is in no way a spokesperson or official representative of Hillsong, or any group of people, for that matter, and clarified that it’s his values that define who he is.
Here’s what we’re understanding, we think: Chris likes the church (it IS where he met his future wife, after all) and what it offers HIM, and maybe it’s easy to be selfish and only focus on the good and turn a blind eye to the unsavoury stuff.
“We need less hate in this world, not more,” Pratt wrote, adding that he is a man who “believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want.” Which is a lovely sentiment. But what’s not-so-lovely is how dismissive he is of Page’s concerns.
At least he publicly addressed the matter, unlike the bulk of Hillsong’s flock. We anticipate Ellen firing back at this harder than ever, and we look forward to it, purely in the spirit of a healthy debate.
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