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Avengers cast defend Chris Pratt after online witchhunt

After Chris Pratt was unofficially dubbed “the worst Hollywood Chris” his Avengers co-stars Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana and Robert Downey Jr have all to come to his side to defend him from abuse.

The Guardians of the Galaxy actor was the subject of a bizarre Twitter poll, one that asked which Chris out of Pratt, Pine, Evans and Hemsworth be removed from Hollywood. Pratt then found himself on the receiving end of criticism from an array of users on Twitter users—who criticised his perceived support for the Republican Party which Pratt has never discussed and his attendance at a church which was once described as “infamously anti-LGBTQ” by actor Ellen Page.

His co-stars have now jumped to his defence with Robert Downey Jr urging the people who have been sending Pratt abuse to delete their social media accounts. Downey Jr, who plays Iron Man in the Marvel films, posted online: “What a world… The ‘sinless’ are casting stones at my brother, Chris Pratt… A real Christian who lives by principle has never demonstrated anything but positivity and gratitude.”

Adding: “AND he just married into a family that makes space for civil discourse and (just plain fact) INSISTS on service as the highest value. If you take issue with Chris… I’ve got a novel idea. Delete your social media accounts, sit with your OWN defects of character, work on THEM, then celebrate your humanness #gotyerbackbackback,” Downey Jr concluded.

He was also supported by Mark Ruffalo, who wrote: “You all, @prattprattpratt is as solid a man there is. I know him personally, and instead of casting aspersions, look at how he lives his life. He is just not overtly political as a rule. This is a distraction. Let’s keep our eyes on the prize, friends. We are so close now.”

James Gunn, who directed Pratt in 2014’s Guardians Of The Galaxy and the 2017 sequel and knows all too well about online backlashes, tweeted: “Sorry. Just finding out about this nonsense. @prattprattpratt is the best dude in the world. I’ve spent hours and hours sharing my deepest truths with this man, as he has with me.”

“Please stop assuming what he believes, politically or in any other way, because he’s a Christian,” he added.

Zoe Saldana, his Guardians of The Galaxy co-star, shared a Tupac quote in her defence. “No matter how hard it gets, stick your chest out, keep your head up and handle it. -Tupac,” she wrote. “You got this @prattprattpratt Your family, friends, colleagues & everyone who’s ever crossed paths with you knows your heart and your worth!” Saldana added.

Pratt has remained silent and avoided responding to the onslaught of the unjust criticism which he has found himself on the receiving end for but fortunately, his fellow Avengers can do the speaking for him.