WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Celebrity Chris Pratt received backlash after posting a voting-related joke on his Instagram account, where he poked fun about the upcoming election and directed his followers to vote for his “Onward” movie for the 2020 People’s Choice Awards.
- Pratt’s remarks did not sit well with some of his followers and netizens from Twitter.
- Still, some people came to Starlord’s rescue and defended his remarks.
American actor Chris Pratt is facing backlash following a reckless statement he posted online concerning the 2020 elections. Instead of directing the public to cast their ballot for the presidential election, he promoted voting for the 2020 People’s Choice Awards.
Pratt said in his Instagram post to cast votes at the choice awards by making fun around the various celebrity-endorsed PSAs that were circulating nationwide.
“With all that’s going on in the world it is more important than ever that you vote,” he wrote. “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. #onward.”
Starlord continued with his fun plea as he tipped his hat to the sacrifices made by “the heroes before us.” He also announced that this year’s People’s Choice Awards would be the “most consequential vote in the history of mankind times a million infinity.”
Pratt ended his post by saying “vote for #Onward for family movie of the year.”
The Hollywood actor may have intended to entertain the public, but it did not appear that way as some people took his views seriously and criticized his remarks.
One follower wrote: “I get this is supposed to be a cute little joke but it comes off as really insensitive.”
Others expressed their dismay on Twitter.
Meanwhile, others sided with Pratt, defending his impulsive announcement.
“Not sure why people are giving you stick about this hilarious post, @prattprattpratt. People are way too serious nowadays, I suppose,” said another supporter.
Co-starring with Tom Holland, Pratt’s latest movie “Onward” from Pixar is among the eight nominees for this year’s best family movie.
The 2020 People’s Choice Awards voting is open up to October 23. The results will be released on November 15 (at 9pm ET), nearly two weeks after the presidential elections.