The mainstream media is known far more for its tendency to bully and shame those who don’t agree with the radical progressive agenda it pushes than for its fair and balanced coverage of world events.
Actor Chris Pratt — known for his roles in “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Jurassic World” — recently got a taste of just how ridiculous, petty, and hypocritical the MSM really is after getting bullied for a comment he made about blue collar Americans being represented in Hollywood.
Pratt has become a favorite among conservatives for his down-to-earth approach to life, teaching his son to respect veterans, the flag, his country, and more.
According to The Daily Wire, It all started late last week when an interview with Pratt was released by “Men’s Fitness.”
Pratt said he wants to work on a project someday that speaks to the people he feels Hollywood ignores, since the Washington State-native says he rarely sees his upbringing represented.
“I don’t see personal stories that necessarily resonate with me, because they’re not my stories,” Pratt, 37, told the magazine. “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.”
The reaction from the elite was immediate, and the subtext went something like this: OMG! OMG! OMG! One of the biggest (and few) remaining movie stars in the whole wide world just stood up for those gross people who made Donald Trump president. Burn the witch! BUUUURN HIM!!
The backlash was so intense you would have thought Pratt suggested Hitler had a “good side” — which makes sense; after all, the elite in this country do see Blue Collar America as nothing more than poorly-dressed Nazis.
Many people were less than pleased with Pratt’s take on Hollywood’s diversity problem, with some pointing out that there are many movies that show blue-collar Americans.
Marie Claire made it about race:
While it’s nice that Chris wants to see more people like himself on-screen, he is a straight, white male. And Hollywood has an *actual* diversity problem at the moment—both in terms of race and gender. So, actually, maybe it’s time for there to be less stories like Chris Pratt’s, and more stories about, oh, you know, literally any other marginalized community in this country. …
Foot meet mouth.
Chris Pratt isn’t afraid to admit when he’s wrong.
Within just a few hours, and no doubt eager to avoid being CNN’s “Villain Of The Day,” Pratt almost immediately apologized via Twitter:
That was actually a pretty stupid thing to say. I'll own that. There's a ton of movies about blue collar America. https://t.co/DclYfNsiv3
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) April 21, 2017
Okay, so, yes, there are quite a few films that have blue collar workers as the main character, as John Nolte — the author of the quoted piece — goes on to state, noting that just about every character played by actor Mark Wahlberg comes from this demographic.
However, most of the time, these movies take a negative view of blue collar careers and the simple lifestyle led by such individuals, always crafting a story where the character struggles to become some super wealthy, rich guy, as if money can buy happiness.
What’s not put on display, again pointed out by Nolte, is the fact that a lot of blue collar folks actually love their job, the simple life, and are satisfied with what they have.
Why is contentment in your situation, especially when you’re self-sufficient and providing for yourself and your family, not getting play in Hollywood? The pursuit of happiness discussed in the Declaration of Independence is not about being rich and wealthy, though that’s certainly a possibility.
It’s about doing what you’re good at to the service of others, having enough that your needs are met, and being free to enjoy the fruits of your labor without government interference.
Pratt never should have needed to apologize for his thoughts and opinions, because this is supposed to be a free country where a person has the God-given right to speak their mind, right, wrong, or indifferent. Unless you’re a conservative.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]