Chris Pratt has said that he “never went” to the controversial Hillsong Church
Chris Pratt is in hot water after he was criticised on social media for his alleged ties to Hillsong, a celebrity church. With its anti-LGBTQ+ stance under scrutiny, the church managed to stir up quite a bit of controversy.
There was a lot of buzz regarding Chris Pratt’s supposed religious ties online. However, the actor has apparently set the record straight and disputed all the charges in a recent statement.
Chris Pratt, star of Jurassic World: Dominion, spoke out about the issue surrounding his alleged affiliation with Hillsong Church during an interview with Men’s Health. Moreover, Pratt also rejected the charges that suggested that he is anti-LGBTQ+. Pratt in his statement disclosed that he has never been to the Hillsong church, he said-
“I never went to Hillsong. I’ve never actually been to Hillsong. I don’t know anyone from that church.” He further revealed why he did not take a stand for himself earlier and added, “I’m gonna, like, throw a church under the bus? If it’s like the Westboro Baptist Church, that’s different.”
The director James Gunn has spoken out in favour of Chris Pratt.
James Gunn, who directed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, also spoke out in defence of Pratt. Replying to a fan’s tweet, the ace filmmaker responded, “He isn’t. I know the church he currently goes to. Do you? (The answer is you don’t, but you heard from someone who heard from someone who heard from someone where he goes to church, so decided, “yeah, okay, I’ll believe this terrible thing I heard online about this celebrity!”)”
More about Chris Pratt’s Hillsong Church dispute
Pratt appeared on Stephen Colbert’s show The Late Show earlier this year (2019) to talk about his beliefs. Post that, actor Elliot Page turned to his Twitter page and stated, “Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti LGBTQ so maybe address that too? If you are a famous actor and you belong to an organization that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed. Being anti-LGBTQ is wrong, there aren’t two sides. The damage it causes is severe. Full stop. Sending love to all.” Fans believed Page was talking about the Hillsong church, although he could have been talking about any church.