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Chris Pratt Faces Backlash After He Says He’s Praying For Kevin Smith

Earlier today, Kevin Smith revealed that he suffered a massive heart attack and narrowly survived. It was very shocking news, but good news in that the filmmaker was still alive to talk about it. Fellow Hollywood Star Chris Pratt sent out a tweet saying that we should all pray for Smith:

This, for whatever reason, was met with backlash:

It prompted Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn to release a pretty long statement on the matter:

“So I just read Chris Pratt’s tweet to Kevin Smith saying he would pray for him & made the mistake of reading the comments, many of which go off on Chris for saying he’d pray. I think people misunderstand the backlash against ‘thoughts & prayers. There is nothing wrong with sending someone positive thoughts & prayers. But when this is coupled with inaction when action will benefit the situation, it’s empty. If you’re offering Parkland shooting survivors prayers, but are unwilling to deal with the problems of gun violence in this country in a practical way, those prayers are empty. But no one expects Chris Pratt to shoulder doctors out of the way and perform heart surgery on Kevin Smith. Nor does Kevin need Chris to pay his medical bills. So I think his prayers are appreciated, and about all he can do..I’m not tweeting this to defend Chris, he’s a big boy and can take care of himself. But for me, personally, prayer and meditation are great boons to my life and help me navigate my way through this world, and I don’t want to dissuade others who find those things useful. I don’t think that means YOU need to pray. I don’t. There are many ways to navigate this life. Mine is only one of them. Prayer isn’t for everyone but, in the face of helplessness, it’s often meant as a acknowledgement that one cares (and we all care about @ThatKevinSmith). If I am ever sick I will gratefully accept any of your thoughts and prayers. And will not be as grateful for some random fan knocking down my doctor and performing his own brand of kick ass surgery on me. Love to you all. Have a great week.”

Whatever your views are – is it really that big of a deal what Pratt said? I mean – does it really matter all that much at the end of the day? He was just wishing someone well. What’s wrong with that?

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