Chris Pratt is one of Hollywood’s few indisputable good guys. Robert De Niro — at least as far as the millions of Trump supporters he’s insulted are concerned — is not.
At this past Monday night’s MTV Awards, Pratt, known for his roles in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” and television’s “Parks and Recreation,” won the channel’s Generation Award as an icon emblematic of the times.
In the process of accepting his award, the “Guardians” star showed aggressively leftist celebs like De Niro how to properly give a unifying, heartfelt and amusing speech when accepting an award. More celebrities should take note about how Pratt handled his time on that stage.
How did he pull off this improbable feat, so seemingly difficult for today’s entertainers to master? He gave his “Nine Rules for Life” to the young people who idolize movie stars (for both right and wrong reasons).
“This being a Generation Award, I’m going to cut to the chase and I’m going to speak to you — the next generation — OK. I accept the responsibility as your elder, so, listen up,” the actor said, only half-joking. “This is what I call ‘Nine Rules from Chris Pratt, Generation Award winner.”
Intermixing bathroom humor and serious life advice, Pratt didn’t hold back in sharing that his faith in God helped get him to where he currently is in his life.
“You have a soul. Be careful with it,” Pratt said.
“God is real. God loves you. God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do,” he added.
Later on, Pratt expounded on the virtues of praying.
“Learn to pray,” he said. “It’s easy. And it’s so good for your soul.”
In his final bit, the actor spoke about the special meaning of grace.
“Nobody is perfect. People are going to tell you you’re perfect just the way you are. You’re not. You’re imperfect — you always will be,” he said, making an important point about the dangers of our self-obsessed culture.
“But there’s a powerful force that designed you that way, and if you’re willing to accept that, you will have grace, and grace is a gift,” he said. “And, like the freedom that we enjoy in this country, that grace was paid for with somebody else’s blood. Do not forget it. Don’t take it for granted.”
For just one minute, compare Pratt’s uplifting and gracious speech to that of Robert De Niro, whose recent Tony Awards speech was punctuated by an angry, f-bomb-laden tirade aimed at President Donald Trump.
Even when D-list celebrities like Samantha Bee aren’t using curse words as a facade for nonhumorous partisan attacks, some entertainers can’t resist sullying a teachable moment with lame political shots against the president.
Mindy Kaling, best known for her role in “The Office” and behind the scenes of the show as well, used a recent commencement address at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, to castigate the president.
“He wants to unify others and inspire them.”
“I’ll tell you my secret, the one thing that keeps me going, my superpower — delusion,” Kaling joked. “This is something I share with the president, a fact that is both horrifying and interesting.”
Chris Pratt, on the other hand, showed how refreshing it is to see a celebrity who uses his fame to spread positive messages to young people. He wants to unify others and inspire them — and if more celebrities followed his example, pop culture and the world as a whole would be in a better place.
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