WE STAND WITH CHRIS PRATT
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There is always much controversy in Hollywood. The latest scandal and drama keeps the tabloids well fed in an era where nothing said goes undocumented, and most of what is talked about the average person can flip through without a second thought. Today, though, we will stoop down to the level of your common supermarket tabloid to discuss one individual who is getting heavily criticized for statements he made about hunting, Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World star Chris Pratt.
Although it is not common for many high profile movie stars to be labeled as outdoorsmen, we can all agree that Mr. Pratt has well earned his title. Staying true to his roots, he travels every year to Utah carrying his Ruger Model 77 Mk II .338 Win Mag with Leupold Vari X III 4-12x50 mm glass and tries to fill his combo bull-and-buck tag.
In an video that resurfaced last year from an interview he did with actor Kevin Pollak in 2011, Pratt was asked why he stands with and participates in the American tradition of hunting (because Pollak ‘sensed it was more than bloodlust’). His response hits home with us and hundreds of others around America who get the joy of hunting. Please watch the video below of his perfect description of what it means to be a hunter, and let us know what you think. (Warning - Graphic language around 0:58 mark.)
Most people will hear this description and have the same thoughts that the interviewer had, “That’s pretty ******* spectacular, if not romantic.” Chris Pratt, an actor and comedian just over 30 years of age at the time of the interview, sums up and perfectly articulates the feelings of your average hunter. The emotions that you feel whenever you put in that work and inevitably bring down an animal; the joy, success, dread over the work it’s going to take to skin and bag it; and of course remorse, but these are not singular feelings. These sensations flood in all at once, creating a unique feeling, and complete the journey of hunting. His description is perfect.
Additionally, in an interview with The Guardian last week, he reiterated many of these points, stating:
“I have a great deal of respect for the animals that I kill and I feel remorse and all of the emotions that come with it . . . The thing inside me that drives me to go out and hunt is very animal. But the remorse, emotion and respect I feel, and the closeness to God that I feel when I'm out there, is my humanity.”Yet, the liberal thoughts of urban individuals that flood social media sites like Facebook and Twitter fail to appreciate his sentiments. In fact, they ostracized him for them.
People who have never seen or touched a hunting rifle in their lives say that because of Mr. Pratt they will not be watching the highly anticipated Jurassic World. They call him deluded and say they are disappointed in him, all for keeping American tradition alive. Some even question why they ever liked him and claim he lost a fan.
These statements were so hateful that he was forced to apologize for his profound description of hunting. He made a preemptive Facebook post before the release of the interview, saying, “I want to make a heartfelt apology for whatever it is I end up accidentally saying during the forthcoming #JurassicWorld press tour. I hope you understand it was never my intention to offend anyone and I am truly sorry. I swear,” but continues to face heavy backlash for his comments.
Now, this just doesn’t sit right with us. We are hunters, traditional warm-blooded rural Americans who were taught that we protect our own.
Chris Pratt, after those statements and your support for American hunters, we stand by you. You are a brother in camo, taking up arms for American heritage. We may have our different ways of doing so, but the end result is the same. So, we would like you to know that there are many fans, us included, that you did not lose. In fact, you may have gained many fans by your words and actions. Expect us at the opening weekend of Jurassic World and know that we cannot wait for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and future films that you work so hard to help create.
Readers, we know many of you are hunters and Chris Pratt’s statements hit home with you just as they did with us. We cannot leave one of our own out to dry. Let’s show the world that animal activists on social media do not have the power to intimidate the hunting community. Please share this article and include the hashtag #ISupportChrisPratt to show the world that we hunters stick together.
Will you stand with Chris Pratt and American tradition?