Chris Pratt Fires Back at Ellen Page's 'Anti-LGBTQ' Church Claims And She Isn't Going To Like It
Chris Pratt, who is the star of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and is set to star in 'Avengers: Endgame', recently came under criticism for being part of the Hillsong Church, which has been said to be an anti-LGBTQ institution. On Wednesday, Chris Pratt appeared on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' where he talked about the recent religious inspired fast he had just concluded.
Stephen Colbert wrote an article on the subject, but not everyone was thrilled about it. Canadian Actress and Producer, Ellen Page, retweeted the article and wrote “Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti LGBTQ so maybe address that too?”
Pratt responded to Page’s criticism on his Instagram story on Monday, stating that he did not see the Church in that light and he could not speak for everyone, but he could only speak from his personal experience. “It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates’ a certain group of people and is ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ. Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone” he said.
In 2015, Brian Houston put out a controversial statement on the church’s website about the church’s position with LGBTQ lifestyles. “Hillsong Church welcomes ALL people but does not affirm all lifestyles, put clearly, we do not affirm a gay lifestyle, and because of this we do not knowingly have actively gay people in positions of leadership, either paid or unpaid.” read the statement, it also included. “We are a gay-welcoming church, but we are not a church that affirms a gay lifestyle.”
We can see how Page, being gay herself, and a LGBTQ rights advocate that has always been outspoken about it would have a problem with the Hillsong Church. In 2017, she gave a detailed account of her experience of homophobic abuse with director Brett Ratner on the set of 'X-men: The last stand,' which was later corroborated by Co-star Anna Paquin.
However, Pratt preached love and insisted that he believed everyone in this world was entitled to loving whoever they pleased. Matter of fact, the church did not define his lifestyle even though his faith is important to him, he isn’t one to judge anyone’s lifestyle. "My values define who I am. We need less hate in the world, not more. I am a man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want free from the judgment of their fellow man.” He stated.
Pratt had previously cited his divorce from actress Anna Faris as one of the many reasons that lead him to the church. He praised the church for supporting him and accompanying him on his journey even though some churches might not have been so accommodating with his divorce.
“Despite what the Bible says about divorce, my church community was there for me every step of the way, never judging, just gracefully accompanying me on my walk. They helped me tremendously offering love and support. It is what I have seen them do for others on countless occasions regardless of sexual orientation, race or gender."
Pratt is set to star in 'Marvel's Avengers: Endgame,' which is the sequel to the 'Avengers: Infinity War' where he appeared alongside Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, Jeremy Renner, Evangeline Lilly, Jon Favreau, Paul Rudd and Brie Larson; It is scheduled to be released in April.
Ellen Page, who is set to star in a Netflix adaptation of 'Umbrella Academy' which is set to be released on the 15th of February will be starring alongside Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castañeda, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Mary J. Blige, Cameron Britton, Colm Feore, Adam Godley and John Magaro.
Well done to Chris Pratt for giving a diplomatic answer to Page's inquiry. What do you guys think? Is it possible to be part of a church and not actually be party to some of their actions/beliefs? Is Chris being obviously diplomatic or sincere?