Patrick Schwarzenegger Revealed The Advice He Gave To Brother-In-Law Chris Pratt After That "Worst Hollywood Chris" Debacle

    "People are so focused on putting other people down to make themselves feel better."

    Patrick Schwarzenegger has jumped to the defence of his brother-in-law Chris Pratt following that huge Twitter debate over who is, in fact, the Worst Hollywood Chris.

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    In case you missed it, Chris found himself at the centre of some online discourse last month after TV writer Amy Berg posted a "one has to go" meme featuring four of the most famous Chrises in Hollywood.

    It's safe to say that for once on the internet, people's opinions were pretty united, to the point that Chris Pratt's name even started trending on Twitter.

    the fact that chris pratt is trending because of the amount of people naming him the worst chris is sending me 😭

    While some criticisms were more lighthearted, others cited his defence of Hillsong Church after it was accused of being anti-LGBTQ and the fact he follows several staunchly right-wing accounts on Instagram as reasons why he "has to go."

    But what started out as just a bit of fun was taken pretty seriously by some, including several of Chris's most famous costars, who took the time to make their own posts defending him from criticism.

    You all, @prattprattpratt is as solid a man there is. I know him personally, and instead of casting aspersions, look at how he lives his life. He is just not overtly political as a rule. This is a distraction. Let’s keep our eyes on the prize, friends. We are so close now.

    No matter how hard it gets, stick your chest out, keep your head up and handle it. -Tupac You got this @prattprattpratt . Your family, friends, colleagues & everyone who’s ever crossed paths with you knows your heart and your worth!

    Sorry. Just finding out about this nonsense. @prattprattpratt is the best dude in the world. I’ve spent hours & hours sharing my deepest truths with this man, as he has with me. Please stop assuming what he believes, politically or in any other way, because he’s a Christian. https://t.co/XSIgU9WemX

    And that in turn caused huge backlash from people who questioned why they were defending Chris Pratt, but had remained silent when their women costars and actors of colour in the MCU had been the subjects of misogynistic and racist harassment and abuse.

    Brie Larson: gets daily misogynist attacks and death threats. MCU Cast: Anthony Mackie: received racist remarks and death threats again for replacing Chris Evans as Cap. MCU Cast: Chris Pratt: gets called out for going to a homophobic church and being weird looking MCU Cast:

    chris pratt lost a “who is the best chris” poll and got called a homophobic trump supporter and rdj, mark, zoe supported him like he got shot or sumn while brie larson got actual death threats and they didn’t say shit, make it make sense

    Many people pointed out that, when Brie Larson advocated for diversity in the film industry after being cast in Captain Marvel, trolls flooded the movie's Rotten Tomatoes page with fake negative reviews denouncing it as "racist and sexist against white males."

    They pointed out that Don Cheadle was the only MCU star who publicly defended Brie from criticism and harassment.

    But now Chris's brother-in-law, Patrick Schwarzenegger, has weighed in on the situation, calling the whole thing "crazy" and "sad" in a new interview with Variety.

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    "Twitter is a junkyard, right?" Patrick said.

    He explained: "Every day there's something. People are calling out this person or that person, or let's get mad at this person. People are so focused on putting other people down to make themselves feel better. It's sad, honestly."

    "Chris is pretty strong-boned," he said of his brother-in-law, who is married to Patrick's sister Katherine. "I don't think anything really hits him deep down. I messaged him, and just mostly was like, 'I hope you're not taking this seriously.'"

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    "I think he can learn a thing or two from my dad or my mom," Patrick went on. "My dad was always adamant about not letting anybody else's opinions mess with his drive or where he wanted to go. No matter what you're doing in life, there are always going to be people hating on you and wanting you to fail."

    "People are hating on people, no matter what," he concluded. "There's always two ways to focus on anything in life: the positive and the negative. People that focus on the negative, it shows more about them as a person."

    While Chris himself has remained silent on the whole debacle — and has almost completely disappeared from social media — his wife did step in to defend him at the time, commenting on an E! News Instagram post to condemn the "meanness and bullying."

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    "Is this really what we need?" Katherine wrote in a comment. "There's so much going on in the world and people struggling in so many ways.

    "Being mean is so yesterday," she said.

    Read Patrick Schwarzenegger's full Variety interview here.

    Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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