The ongoing feud between actors Chris Pratt and Ellen Page continues with Pratt launching the latest volley.
After Pratt appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and spoke about his religious faith, Page shot off a tweet pointing out that his popular “hipster” church is anti-gay.
“Oh. K. Um,” she tweeted. “But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?”
Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too? https://t.co/meg8m69FeF
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) February 8, 2019
The next day, Page continued to expand on her point, although she didn’t name Pratt specifically this time.
“If you are a famous actor and you belong to an organization that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed,” she tweeted. “Being anti LGBTQ is wrong, there aren’t two sides. The damage it causes is severe. Full stop. Sending love to all.”
If you are a famous actor and you belong to an organization that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed. Being anti LGBTQ is wrong, there aren’t two sides. The damage it causes is severe. Full stop. Sending love to all
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) February 9, 2019
But Pratt took to Instagram to defend himself. He didn’t mention Page specifically, instead saying “It has been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates a certain group of people’ and is ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ.”
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” he wrote on top of a picture of a sheep. “I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.”
Pratt goes on to say that the church helped him through his divorce, despite “what the Bible says about divorce.” The Christian holy book doesn’t actually forbid divorce, in fact, it proscribes specific instructions on how to get divorced.
“My values define who I am. We need less hate in this world, not more,” he posted. “I am a man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want free from the judgment of their fellow man.”
The allegations that Pratt’s church isn’t supportive of LGBTQ people doesn’t mean they aren’t welcome to walk in the doors. The bulk of Page’s condemnation – and criticism of the church by former LGBTQ members – is that the megachurch has encouraged members to go through “ex-gay” conversion therapy and refuses to hire LGBTQ people for leadership positions.