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James Gunn defends Chris Pratt over Kevin Smith prayer tweet

Twitter users attacked Pratt's call for prayers.


Tess Cagle

Internet Culture

Posted on Feb 26, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 11:35 pm CDT

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn came to the defense Chris Pratt after folks on Twitter criticized the actor for telling Kevin Smith—who just suffered from a massive heart attack—that he was praying for him.

After reading Smith’s tweets about his heart attack, Pratt reached out to the comedian on Twitter and told him that he was praying for his recovery and asked his followers to join him.

The critics on Twitter lumped Pratt’s tweets together with those of politicians who call for “thoughts and prayers” after mass shootings and other catastrophic events. The original tweets appear to have been deleted, but a few of the critics kept their tweets.

Gunn saw all the hate directed at Pratt on Monday morning. He wrote a thread of tweets defending Pratt and pointed out the difference between Pratt’s prayers and prayers from politicians.

“There is nothing wrong with sending someone positive thoughts & prayers. But when this is coupled with inaction when action will benefit the situation, it’s empty,” he wrote. “If you’re offering Parkland shooting survivors prayers, but are unwilling to deal with the problems of gun violence in this country in a practical way, those prayers are empty.”

Critics also seemed to have overlooked the fact that Smith was raised Catholic and told the BBC in 2014 that he believes in God. He probably appreciated the prayers from Pratt.

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*First Published: Feb 26, 2018, 1:07 pm CST