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With the election less than 30 days away and voter registration periods fast closing, you can’t sign onto Facebook or watch an NFL game without seeing a public service announcement reminding people to register.
In light of all the turmoil in the country over the past four months, both sides of the political aisle take the issue of voting seriously, as well they should.
Unfortunately, that didn’t fare too well for actor Chris Pratt went he tried to cleverly encourage people to vote for his Pixar film “Onward.”
Taking to Instagram, Pratt offered a clever play on words about all that is going on in the world today and how important it is for people to vote — he then offered his own public service announcement on how people should vote.
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With all that’s going on in the world it is more important than ever that you vote. 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 The heroes before us did not spill their blood only to have their sacrifices wasted by your apathy. The upcoming 2020 People’s Choice Awards is the most consequential vote in the history of mankind times a million infinity. Vote for #Onward for family movie of the year. Or else. You WILL die. No hyperbole. Click the link in my bio. Let your voice be heard.
“With all that’s going on in the world it is more important than ever that you vote,” he said in the caption. “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 The heroes before us did not spill their blood only to have their sacrifices wasted by your apathy,” he continued. “The upcoming 2020 People’s Choice Awards is the most consequential vote in the history of mankind times a million infinity.”
It seemed clear that Pratt was toying with the exaggerations politicians employ each election cycle to get people to vote to plug his film.
If you didn’t pick that up already, he closed with this: “Vote for #Onward for family movie of the year. Or else. You WILL die. No hyperbole. Click the link in my bio. Let your voice be heard.”
For what it’s worth, Pratt is not overly political, feeling as if wasn’t “represented” by either Democrats or Republicans.
“I really feel there’s common ground out there that’s missed because we focus on the things that separate us,” he told Men’s Fitness in 2017. “You’re either the red state or the blue state, the left or the right. Not everything is politics. And maybe that’s something I’d want to help bridge, because I don’t feel represented by either side.”
Nonetheless, while some on social media saw the campaign to draw votes as little more than a “lighthearted” joke, others found it entirely inappropriate.
“I get this is supposed to be a cute little joke but it comes off as really insensitive,” a person wrote. “The upcoming election is really important and everyone should vote and for you to try and take that and turn it into an ad for your movie is low.”
“YIKES,” another individual wrote. “Imagine the amount of privilege one person can have to write this tone deaf post.
At the same time, it’s not hard to argue that in such polarizing times, America has lost its sense of humor.
“Geez. Everyone really has lost their sense of humor,” one social media user wrote. “This is just a lighthearted post and there’s nothing wrong with that. No one’s going to take the election less seriously because Chris Pratt posted about the People’s Choice Awards.”
The same debate took place on Twitter… here’s a quick sampling:
Chris Pratt said the election does not concern me because I am a white privileged man, instead vote for my movie so I can get more awards 😁😁😁 pic.twitter.com/R67yjrAvRM
— tabitha (@buckymatters) October 2, 2020
Meanwhile, WTF, Chris Pratt!?! pic.twitter.com/bCJtZowQIr
— Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko) October 2, 2020
So twitter is trying to cancel Chris Pratt now and paint him as a bad person over a post. Who do I trust more, millennials on twitter or the numerous cast mates and crew mates that love him? 🤔🤔
— Shaggy (@LondontoDallas) October 2, 2020
genuinely shocked he misread the moment this poorly
— Erin Strecker (@ErinStrecker) October 2, 2020
Yes, but not all jokes are appropriate all the time. It is hard to “lighten up” when you have been sick with this virus and family and loves ones have died. Tone deafness.
— Sergianne26 (@Sergianne) October 4, 2020
Omg it’s a dang joke every body so freaking sensitive chill the freak out
— ᒍᑌᗩᑎTEᖇIOᑌᔕ👑👑 (@juanteriousdowd) October 4, 2020
What? What’s the Big Deal. It’s a Joke, his Movie is getting Nominated, Is It Because he Posted it when Trump got COVID-19? Is it because some people don’t get the joke? Why are we So P.C. again?
— thepopculturebuff (@moviebuffshatto) October 2, 2020
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