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Save the "Thoughts and Prayers" Vitriol For Someone Who Isn't Chris Pratt

By Jodi Smith | Celebrity | February 26, 2018 |

By Jodi Smith | Celebrity | February 26, 2018 |


We are all very aware that “thoughts and prayers” don’t help stop school shootings, police brutality, or a myriad of other things. Only laws, a united society of people, and action can make a difference in those situations. Other times, dependent on your own belief system, it’s kind of nice to get thoughts and prayers sent your way.

Case in point: Kevin Smith suffered a massive heart attack on Sunday, February 25th.

That’s a terrifying tweet to see from someone you know, even if you only “know” them through their work. Some people are religious and turn to their faith or belief in a higher power during times where they feel helpless. I can only assume that Chris Pratt, who is religious, had the best of intentions when he tweeted the following to Smith:

My first instinct is that this a sweet gesture from Star Lord to the Clerks director. It’s nice to know that people care about you when you have something so medically terrifying occur. It’s nice to know people are thinking of you and sending good vibes your way, whether it be by sacrificing goats in your honor or praying to a dude who lives on a cloud. There’s nothing else to be done here by Pratt. He doesn’t need to use that Marvel clout to get Smith better doctors. He doesn’t need to crowdfund Smith’s bills.

Pratt is just being nice. So, of course, some people on Twitter decided to burn him for it.

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn stepped in to give his two cents on the reaction to the tweet and to clarify the difference between Pratt’s intentions and those of useless government officials:

TL;DR? Don’t be a dick. Let people pray when someone is sick or in need of good thoughts, even if you don’t believe in it.

Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.