I'd Like to Know Where the Avengers' Energy For Speaking Out Was Before Twitter's Chris Discourse

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2, Chris Pratt, 2017. Phone: Chuck Zlotnick / Walt Disney Studios Theaters / Courtesy Everett Collection
If you've been on Twitter for more than a minute, you've come across the common thread formula, known simply by the directive, "You have to go." It could be popular shows, your favorite chocolate bars, or some of Hollywood's most iconic stars. The threads are guaranteed to always create chaos - people have some very passionate views on Kit Kats vs. Milky Ways, but rarely has it caused so much outrage that the Avengers of the Marvel Cinematic Universe had to come in and chastise the internet! But that's exactly what happened after TV writer / producer Amy Berg tweeted the oft-asked scenario: Which Hollywood does Chris need to go to?
The Chrises in question were a familiar crowd, including Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Chris Pine, and Chris Pratt. If you've been on the internet for a while, you wouldn't be surprised by the answer as this has been discussed many times. Every Chris (except Pratt) has a reason to hold a special place on a fraction of the internet - Hemsworth has its laid-back Australian charm, Evans is a raunchier, more modern version of Steve Rogers 2.0, and Pine has reportedly taken an adult education class at UC Berkeley in 2002 that should say everything it takes.
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Not to say that Pratt has no fans - he obviously does - but despite his popular characters in Parks and Recreation and Guardians of the Galaxy, the actor's alleged support and support for a church with anti-LGBTQ views Conservative political beliefs do not stand up to the decidedly liberal views of others. The GOTG actor reportedly attends services at Zoe Church, which has ties to the Hillsong mega-church, described by The Umbrella Academy's Ellen Page as "infamous against LGBTQ". And while he's denied the claims against his church, his absence during the Joe Biden-themed Avengers-themed virtual fundraiser on October 20th seemed to speak for his current politics. It doesn't help that Pratt got heat earlier this month for seemingly making fun of celebrities who encouraged fans to use an Instagram post to vote on Onwards' nomination for a People's Choice Award. So Pratt has generally not won any popularity awards.
Regardless of whether or not Pratt deserves his worst Chris title, it should be noted that he earned that title a long time ago and made it happen before. The difference this time around was that his MCU counterparts had decided on October 20th that the appropriate course of action was to defend yourself on social media and punish everyone for it. Brothers Russo, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana and others criticized cyberbullying, noting that Pratt is "as solid as a man" and that those who are close to him know his heart. Robert Downey Jr. went the extra mile to suggest people delete their accounts, writing, "Connect with your OWN mistakes from #character, work on THEM, and then celebrate your humanity."
It's a lot for what essentially just means losing a popularity contest on twitter (I'm not defending the thread, it's a little game that is usually played for laughs) but when I give the MCU actors any props would it would be to defend her comrade. It's so nice to see the stars continue their tradition of standing up for their castmates when they are presented with vitriol from the online community because of these things, as they did. . . Oh wait no, this is the first time the MCU actors have come together this well for someone other than James Gunn. It's funny how they publicly supported two men who fall under the best protected identities in society. I wonder where this onslaught of camaraderie was when their more vulnerable cast members came under fire.
CAPTAIN MARVEL, from left: Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Brie Larson as Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel, 2019. Phone: Chuck Zlotnick / Walt Disney Studios Films / Marvel / courtesy of the Everett Collection
I'm sure these celebs had their reasons for rushing to Chris's "help" (though I think it's an exaggeration), but I would like to know where that energy was for Brie Larson? After the Captain Marvel boss made remarks about the lack of diversity in Hollywood and among film critics, the as-yet-unreleased film became so hated that someone actually boycotted its "hatred of people" and trolls attempted to review the film Rotten tomatoes.
"Wouldn't the fact that she's being attacked for being black be reason enough to speak out to support her?"
What about Michelle Jones from Spider-Man? The moment it was even hinted that Zendaya would portray Peter Parker's iconic significant other, the Euphoria actress was confronted with viciously racist blacklash. People lost their shit just thinking that Mary Jane wouldn't be fair-skinned and red-haired, as if there ever was a time when MJ's identity had anything to do with her story. Zendaya, the posh queen she is, told Entertainment Online that she was expecting the backlash "because for some reason some people just aren't ready," adding, "I think I don't know which one America you live. " But from what I see when I just walk outside my streets of New York, I see a lot of diversity and I see the real world and it's beautiful and that should be reflected and that is reflected so you just have to go about it get over it. '"
Of course, it's great that Zendaya could handle such hatred with grace, but where was Robert's Instagram post for her? The two were both part of Spider-Man: Homecoming, he must have met her at least once and realized that she was a great person too. And even if he didn't, would the fact that she's being attacked for being black not speak up enough to support her?
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, from left: Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon, 2015. Phone: Jay Maidment / Walt Disney Studios Theaters / Courtesy Everett Collection
Where were the Tupac quotes when Tessa Thompson and Anthony Mackie dealt with bullsh * t trolls about their roles in the MCU? Mark had plenty of time to meet Tessa during Thor: Ragnarok. Why didn't he have anything to say when Marvel fans struggled with her taking on the role of Valkyrie, who was white with blonde hair in the original comics? Why didn't anyone make the sounding call for Anthony when fans made fun of Sam Wilson becoming Captain America (like he does in the comics!) Instead of Bucky Barnes?
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I look at the receipts folks and something just doesn't go together. We have a group of people who come to support a costar because they were bullied after their character was belittled on Twitter, but they never spoke than their other costars for things they can't control like that Color, being dragged through the mud to be their skin or a decent person. As a black woman who deals with a minimal amount of online hatred for my opinion pieces, I can't imagine the rush of bile these stars still receive from taking on the roles that brought them to life. I also can't imagine how strong it would be to deal with people who are campaigning and threatening your life for getting a job.
You're probably thinking, "Well, maybe they supported them personally and didn't feel the need to get online." Why don't you support them out loud where they could use their great platform to let people know that bigotry is not accepted? Just like they stood up for Chris! Why was this a special occasion that warranted making such public statements of support, but these other cases weren't? No offense, but I think speaking out against racism and sexism is way more important than defending your buddy as he wasn't Twitter's pick for a top white man named Chris.
Sure, the things that were said about Chris could have hurt his feelings, but they were nothing compared to the hideous things people have said about the other stars over the past decade. If you go on the Beyoncé internet and try to tell Twitter not to call your friend as a reported Trump supporter, you need to bring that energy to bear in every way. Chris's support for losing an online poll but not spending that energy on your more vulnerable customers facing real death threats shows who these stars are worth speaking out for. Short message, it doesn't look good.

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