The White Male Celeb Must Be a Sensitive Lot
2020 is the premiere year for exposing all the problematic MAGA hat-wearing, “a little Republican” lying, “play a tree” foolishness of celebrities. I’m truly interested in seeing a compiled list of all the people who showed their true colors in 2020, because that list is long and diverse.
But this is about Chris Pratt, and the ludicrous need to show him support on social media because…he’s the least favorite Chris.
It started so simple. This isn’t the first poll about the celeb Chrises, but times are different and we know more about some of these celebrities.
That being the case, the overwhelming majority of people announced on twitter that they would—happily—chuck Chris Pratt aside. The reasons varied. Some just like him the least. But the majority dislike Chris Pratt because of both his political and religious affiliations. Though no one knows if he’s a trump supporter he does follow certain right-wing and conservative twitter accounts such as Nikki Haley, Dan Crenshaw, Ben Shapiro, Tucker Carlson, Kevin Spacey and LA Sheriff Alex Villanueva, the same one asked to resign because of his obstruction to allow oversight of the police including the existence of “deputy gangs” like the Compton Executioners, groups that routinely violate suspect’s rights even escalating to murder.
That’s only a few of the accounts he follows. Could those be hate follows, to keep track of the nonsense? Maybe, but it’s doubtful. Chris Pratt is also religious, which is not necessarily a problem in and of itself; however, he is part of a church accused of being anti-LGBTQIA.
But apparently casting Chris Pratt aside because his affiliations and beliefs causes harm to marginalized communities is…wrong? At least according to the slew of Marvel actors coming showing their ass online defending a white man from a twitter poll.
A white man thinks the proof of another white man’s character is that they are friends? Groundbreaking. This is precisely why allyship is proven time and again to be a myth. White allies are only allies until it’s their problem friend on the chopping block, they we need to focus on the “prize”, even though people like Chris Pratt are part of the problem.
The funny thing is, had they all simply kept their mouths shut, this whole poll would’ve easily blown over, as they usually do. But the fact that they felt they couldn’t stay quiet while a wealthy white man they know is catching flack on Twitter, and just had to defend him, not only kept him on the target longer, but placed their pictures alongside his.
Then hear comes both Robert Downey Jr. and Zoe Saldana rushing to defend the poor white guy. Downey telling people to sit with their humanness is as weak an excuse as “he can’t be a racist, homphobic trumper because he’s nice to me and I’m a wealthy white guy too!” What they should be asking themselves is why they felt a wealthy white man needed saving from a poll that was meant to be a joke, but highlighted valid critiques of their friend’s character? Particularly since they’ve been silent before.
The fact that they can act like it’s just politics and principles as though the greatest monsters in this world didn’t have those two is just mind-boggling.
And hurtful. The way they trivialize concerns because they will never feel the effects of his “integrity” and “principles”. Because they are white men. Politics are something to debate online, or with friends and family but never to take seriously. Having a friend who follows right wingers who want to go back to controlling women’s bodies, forbidding relationships/marriages outside the cis hetero norm and keep all other groups outside of white males subservient is just a quirk. For them.
This is a celebrity example of the issues we have when presented with white people and their white friends. The only reason they’re able to look past the politics of their close friends is because those politics will effect them the least. This is why they have the luxury of ignoring politics. And to excuse their choice to ignore a view that harms LGBTQIA+, Black people and people of color, disabled people and so on they separate it from an individual’s character, rather than admitting belief, actions and politics are part of what makes up a person’s character. It’s not them choosing to associate with people like this, it’s everyone who’s upset blowing it out of proportion.
They pick what they want to matter and anything else is minor. Like implying since Pratt is a Christian automatically disqualifies him from being a horrible person. It presents their superficial understanding of religious followers and character as the something deeper, and again ignores the harm that religious followers, like Christians, have done in the name of their “beliefs”.
The way they raced to defend a wealthy, white celebrity speaks to their own fear. After all, what is the world coming to when white male celebrities get called out for their choices and actions? What is the world coming to when there are actual repercussions for their actions? Naturally, they would protect them and while doing so they made one thing clear: if you’re at a party with them and their friends, don’t expect their help if someone says something offensive beyond perhaps “don’t be a jerk” said in a light, laughing tone. Because serious allyship, serious change is beyond them.
If 2020 is teaching us anything, it’s to not expect anything from the wealthy class. They will only “assist” within their comfort zones, not beyond. Discard them.