Chris Pratt is called ‘insensitive’ and ‘tone deaf’ for promoting his new Pixar movie with a joke about voting
Chris Pratt is feeling some heat online after his recent joke about voting backfired.
While promoting his new Pixar movie Onward, the 41-year-old actor wrote a lengthy caption on Instagram talking about the importance of voting and encouraging fans to vote for his movie for this year’s People’s Choice Awards.
Given the timing, with less than a month until the presidential election, Pratt was accused of being ‘insensitive’ and ‘tone deaf’ as his message sounded political at first before he went on to call the awards show nomination the ‘most consequential vote in the history of mankind’.
Timing: Chris Pratt was criticized on Monday for promoting his Pixar movie Onward with a joke about voting
‘With all that’s going on in the world it is more important than ever that you vote,’ Pratt wrote alongside a promotional image of the animated movie.
‘Just ask any celebrity. They will tell you. Every day. Several times a day. To vote. But me? I will tell you EXACTLY who to vote for.’
‘The heroes before us did not spill their blood only to have their sacrifices wasted by your apathy,’ he continued. ‘The upcoming 2020 People’s Choice Awards is the most consequential vote in the history of mankind times a million infinity.’
‘Vote for #Onward for family movie of the year,’ he ended the note. ‘Or else. You WILL die. No hyperbole. Click the link in my bio. Let your voice be heard.’
Joker: Pratt, 41, wrote a post that sounded like he was talking about the general election but ended up encouraging people to vote for his movie in the People’s Choice Awards
At a time when a lot of stars are using their platform to discuss the importance of voting in the 2020 election, Pratt’s fans clearly felt he should be doing the same.
‘I get this is supposed to be a cute little joke but it comes off as really insensitive. The upcoming election is really important and everyone should vote and for you to try and take that and turn it into an ad for your movie is low.’ wrote one disappointed fan.
Another chimed in, ‘YIKES. Imagine the amount of privilege one person can have to write this tone deaf post.’ while another commenter kept it short, ‘I wish I found this funny’.
‘Read the room’: Instagram users spoke up in the comments to accuse Pratt of being ‘insensitive’ and ‘tone deaf’
The worst: ‘The worst Chris’ started trending on Monday
Not everyone took issue with the post however, as some Instagram users came to the Guardians of the Galaxy star’s defense.
‘Geez. Everyone really has lost their sense of humor. This is just a lighthearted post and there’s nothing wrong with that. No one’s going to take the election less seriously because Chris Pratt posted about the People’s Choice Awards,’
Another wrote, ‘People literally are so sensitive about everything, grow a backbone and take a joke. It’s madness.’
Pratt, who recently welcomed his first child with wife Katherine Schwarzenegger, has not revealed who he will be voting for on November 3 but he is known to be conservative leaning.
Unbelievable: People had their say on Twitter sharing screenshots of Chris’ post
Not funny: Over the weekend people spoke out about the ‘privileged’ and ‘tone deaf’ joke
The Parks and Rec alum has said in the past that he doesn’t feel represented by either Democrats or Republicans.
He told Men’s Journal in 2017: ‘I really feel there’s common ground out there that’s missed because we focus on the things that separate us,
‘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.’
Pratt, pictured with his son Jack, has not revealed who he will be voting for on November 3 but he is known to be conservative leaning