|Chris Pratt and his young son in 2015, saluting the U.S. flag and reciting the pledge of allegiance... recently, he stated Hollywood doesn't make films for blue collar Americans and immediately apologized|
Roger Ebert, the famed movie critic, bragged about the white male being removed from action films in his review of XXX: State of the Union:
Did I enjoy this movie? Only in a dumb mindless way. It has whatever made the original "XXX" entertaining, but a little less of it. Does it make the slightest sense? Of course not. Its significance has nothing to do with current politics and politicians, the threat of terrorism, and the efficiency of bullet trains. It has everything to do with a seismic shift in popular culture.
In an earlier review for the first The Fast and the Furious, Ebert made fun of Paul Walker for being literally a white bread, "no crusts" actor in an otherwise brown film.
Once all action heroes were white. Then they got a black chief of police, who had a big scene where he fired them. Then they got a black partner. Then they were black and had a white partner. Now they are the heroes and don't even need a white guy around, although there is one nerdy white guy in "XXX" who steps in when the plot requires the ineffectual delivery of a wimpy speech. So drastically have things changed that when Ice Cubeoffers to grab the president and jump off a train and grab a helicopter, all the president can do is look grateful. Oh, and later, in his new State of the Union speech, our nation's leader quotes Tupac, although he doesn't know he does. Well, you can't expect him to know everything.
Enter Chris Pratt, a "straight, white male" who dared voice an opinion differing from the conformist point of view demanding only "marginalized community" in America be depicted on film.
With Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World - the latter where he literally affirmed he was the alpha of a pack of velociraptors - Pratt has become one of the biggest stars on the planet.
A few years ago, he triggered social justice warriors nationwide when he posted a video of his son reciting the pledge of allegiance on their bucolic front porch. [Chris Pratt teaches son Jack, two, how to say the Pledge of Allegiance in heartwarming new video, Daily Mail, May 18, 2015]
And then he came out and told Men's Fitness the truth about Hollywood... and was forced to immediately apologize for it. [Chris Pratt apologises for comments about blue-collar Americans not being represented in Hollywood films: 'That was actually a pretty stupid thing to say', Independent, April 23, 2017]:
While promoting upcoming Marvel blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Chris Pratt talked himself into a tricky situation.
“I don’t see personal stories that necessarily resonate with me, because they’re not my stories,” the actor told Men’s Fitness.
“I think there’s room for me to tell mine, and probably an audience that would be hungry for them. The voice of the average, blue-collar American isn’t necessarily represented in Hollywood.”
Many publications reported on Pratt’s words, pointing out how blue-collar Americans are one of the most prominently represented groups in Hollywood movies.
Soon after the comments were picked up on, Pratt delivered an apology on Twitter, writing: “That was actually a pretty stupid thing to say. I'll own that. There's a ton of movies about blue-collar America.”
In the same interview, the actor — who was recently filming Jurassic World 2 — also spoke about the polarising nature of modern politics and the need for both sides to find common ground.
“I really feel there’s common ground out there that’s missed because we focus on the things that separate us,” he said.
“You’re either the red state or the blue state, the left or the right. Not everything is politics. And maybe that’s something I’d want to help bridge, because I don’t feel represented by either side.”Please, Mr. Pratt: Moonlight, the 2017 Academy Award winner for Best Picture beautifully captures blue collar America!
As Icarus flow to close to the sun, Chris Pratt was forced down for daring to speak the truly forbidden truth about Hollywood and the absolute filth it produces on a yearly basis.
Though he apologized, the heart of what he stated doesn't make it any less true.
The pendulum of morality, which Hollywood controls, can swing back violently in the other direction.
And it will.