As part of an unusual series gawking over famous actors bearing the first name Chris, actor Chris Pratt is very "problematic" and the most "divisive among the Chrises."
In "How to love Chris Pratt without hating yourself," TV Guide senior editor Kaitlin Thomas said Pratt the actor is better than the off-screen Pratt. How so? Here's her reasoning:
When you take a deeper look at Pratt the man and not necessarily Pratt the actor, some of the shine wears off. Although he can be as funny offscreen as he is on — his recurring "What's My Snack" videos on Instagram are almost always delightful — it's impossible to ignore some problematic aspects of his life offscreen.
But wait—there's more! She continues:
Adding fuel to this particular fire is the fact that Pratt, an avid hunter who has often spoken about his love of hunting, currently raises lambs on his farm*. The enthusiastic tone he took when speaking about "eating fresh farm-to-table lamb" in an Instagram video earlier this year — "They are the happiest lambs on the planet, they are so sweet and then one day they wake up dead and they're in my freezer" — sparked backlash from a number of fans, and not just those who are vegetarians or vegans. The next day, Pratt posted a photo of several pieces of fresh lamb meat and even compared said lamb's death to **something as easy or trivial as "unplugging a TV."*
Pratt is a hunter? And he raises his own lamb to eat? The horror, horror! Hollywood is shocked to learn that the actor, who comes from more humble beginnings, is like a good portion of the country. Millions of people go hunting in this country. Countless Americans, including A-listers, consume farm-raised, organic meat—but are far removed from the process.
And moreover, Pratt's blue collar roots are ghastly, apparently:
The idea that Pratt doesn't see himself — though he may come from a working-class family and spends most of his time on a farm, he's also a successful, straight white man at the heart of two major film franchises — as being represented in television or film is ridiculous, as is the idea that working-class America isn't well represented in Hollywood.
The "Jurassic World" star and former "Parks and Recreation" regular isn't the only A-lister who harvests his own meat ethically. Plenty of other Tinseltown favorites go hunting.
Scott Eastwood, the son of Clint Eastwood who is making a name for himself in Hollywood on his own right, is an avid hunter too.
He's pals with bowhunter Cameron Hanes and spoke to Men's Journal about his love of the Great Outdoors—and his foray into hunting— in May 2017:
How did your love for the outdoors begin?
For a while I lived with my mother in Hawaii, so I have always loved being around the water. Then I moved to be with my father, and he was very much into fishing when I was younger. Some of my first memories of him are around fishing for trout in Northern California. My father was actually a state parks commissioner after he was mayor. I like to think I’m following his footsteps in that respect as well. That is why I am so into public lands issues, because they were a big part of my childhood.
More recently you got into bow hunting?
I picked it up a few years ago, but before now I went off and on. I’ve started to get into it more now and I recently got a new Hoyt. I am most excited to go on some bow hunting trips with Cameron Hanes. That guy is one of the most badass bow hunters of our time. I have been on a few hunts since then.
What do you like about it?
I think it is hunting on its highest level. People don’t realize you may go a whole season and not shoot a single thing. There is a lot of discipline involved. It’s very challenging because of how close you have to get. I think it’s the hardest sport we have.
Do you know who else goes hunting? Canadian punk rock singer Avril Lavigne, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, model Rosie Huntington, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Plus former NBA star Shaq O'Neill, Kurt Russell, and reportedly Eva Longoria are known to hunt and process their own wild game. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" actress Eliza Dushku apparently loves elk hunting, too. Nick Offerman likes the wild game Chris Pratt harvested for him, as well.
Hollywood is likely full of more closeted hunters. Why do people, including the aforementioned A-listers, hunt? To enjoy the Great Outdoors, to get organic meat, to help fund conservation, and teach values.
It's refreshing to see this. Eat that, TV Guide.