Chris Pratt used American Sign Language to apologize for a social media faux pas that had many of his fans calling him out for being insensitive. The normally down to earth Pratt once again showed a humble side as he shared a special message on his Instagram.
Instagram does this thing where it mutes all the videos it shows and forces you to turn on the volume in order to hear them. (maybe because most people are watching those videos at work when they should be working and don't want to get caught. I know that's when I do it. ????) So when I made a video recently with subtitles, and requested that people turn up the volume and not just "read the subtitles" it was so people wouldn't scroll past the video on mute, thus watching and digesting the information in the video. HOWEVER, I realize now doing so was incredibly insensitive to the many folks out there who depend on subtitles. More than 38 million Americans live with some sort of hearing disability. So I want to apologize. I have people in my life who are hearing-impaired, and the last thing in the world I would want to do is offend them or anybody who suffers from hearing loss or any other disability. So truly from the bottom of my heart I apologize. Thanks for pointing this out to me. In the future I'll try to be a little less ignorant about it. Now… I know some of you are going to say, "Hey! Chris only apologized because his publicist made him!" Well. That is not the case. As always I control my social media. Nobody else. And I am doing this because I'm actually really sorry. Apologies are powerful. I don't dole them out Willy-Nilly. This is one of those moments where I screwed up and here's me begging your pardon. I hope you accept my apology. And on that note. Why doesn't Instagram have some kind of technology to automatically add subtitles to its videos? Or at least the option. I did a little exploring and it seems lacking in that area. Shouldn't there be an option for closed captioning or something? I've made them lord knows how much money with my videos and pictures. Essentially sharing myself for free. I know they profit. So… GET ON IT INSTAGRAM!!! Put closed captioning on your app. #CCinstaNow
Pratt’s social media generally isn’t so serious. Chris has been sharing a special series he calls “What’s my snack” in more recent weeks in which he shares a video of what odd concoction he is eating on his special diet to keep action film fit. And last year while promoting Passengers with Jennifer Lawrence, Pratt humorously kept cutting her out of his selfies. But when it came to his sense of humor this time, Pratt took a tumble.
According to The Mighty, the now deleted Facebook message that got everyone’s ire up had Pratt promoting his Guardians of the Galaxy sequel but Chris jokingly chastised the use of subtitles and asked viewers to “turn up their volume” before removing the subtitles altogether. Pratt’s fans pointed out that while subtitles can be annoying, for the hearing impaired they are a necessity especially when it comes to watching films.
Here I am with my new buddy Will. I'd never miss a chance to spend time with my fiends at Ronald McDonald House New York @rmhnewyork they do such amazing work. I'm privileged to have my job for so many reasons, the very best of which is the fulfillment I feel in my soul brightening the day of a sick kid and his/her family. #godisgood
The mistake was obviously an oversight by Pratt who is generally sensitive to the needs of others. Chris Pratt is known for frequently visiting various children’s hospitals, often donning his Star Lord Guardians of the Galaxy costume and has been commended for his charitable work with the March of Dimes and The Boys and Girls Club.
In 2014, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Pratt even helped a 12-year-old with brain cancer raise $92,000 for his medical care by tweeting out to fans and asking them to donate and buy t-shirts.
Pratt is especially sensitive after his son Jack was born prematurely and he and his wife Anna Faris were warned by doctors that their son might have special needs. Defying the odds, Jack Pratt has actually shown normal cognitive development and has only required glasses and eye surgery.
While Chris Pratt’s joke may have been in poor taste, his apology was pure class. Academy Award winning actress Marlee Matlin, who is deaf, commended Pratt for acknowledging his mistake and calling on followers to challenge Instagram to add closed captioning to their video service.
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) May 4, 2017
Pratt also received a shout out from model, actor, and Dancing with the Stars Season 22 winner Nyle DiMarco, who is also deaf.
Pratt!! As Deaf person, love your recent post on IG
— Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) May 4, 2017
It seems like most people were understanding that despite being a huge star, Pratt is indeed only human and therefore makes mistakes. Just a few weeks ago, Chris made a remark in an interview with a men’s health magazine in which he stated that he was frustrated that “blue collar” America often wasn’t represented by Hollywood. Pratt took to Twitter immediately following the publishing of that article stating, “That was actually a pretty stupid thing to say. I’ll own that. There’s a ton of movies about blue collar America.”
Chris Pratt’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens in the United States this weekend and is expected to be another blockbuster at the box office. According to Variety, it is expected to pull in at least $150 million in its U.S. box office debut. Chris is currently filming the sequel to another hugely success film franchise, Jurassic World.
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