Berg’s tweet gave people an opportunity to voice and reaffirm this opinion. And besides, we all know there are only two good Chrises in the world: Chris … pin Glover and Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Marvel, weigh in, and see which actor the internet is giving the boot to (👀) at the link in our bio. Contrary to popular conservative conspiratorial belief, Hollywood isn’t one big liberal cesspool; as Katharine McPhee, Ice Cube, and Kirstie Alley have demonstrated, there are many Republicans and Trump supporters in their ranks. It feels redundant to even outline the concept, so ubiquitous is the worst-Chris discourse — or Chriscourse. Every few months, someone makes the same revelation, that gee, there sure are a lot of often-shirtless white dudes named Chris working in movies nowadays. Photo-Illustration: Vulture and Shutterstock

Here we go again. That so many of these Marvel movies — as well as parallel hits at the time like J.J. When Berg’s “One has to go” post went viral, Schwarzenegger came to her husband’s defense, responding in the comments to an E! There’s so much going on in the world and people struggling in so many ways. This is a distraction. They are: Hemsworth, the Australian one; Evans, the nude-leak one; Pine, the aforementioned one; and Pratt, the more conservative one. Delete your social media accounts, sit with your OWN defects of #character, work on THEM, then celebrate your humanness… Two Chris vehicles — Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger — were both released in 2011; Avengers would follow the next year, weaving them together and nailing down the MCU’s serialized, intertwining approach to its blockbusters. He is just not overtly political as a rule. But do we need to have a twice-yearly referendum on whether or not this solidifies him as the worst of his tribe? There’s enough room to love all these guys. Tags: For those who don’t follow these things because they lead fulfilling lives, the perceived strikes against Pratt include but are not limited to: his Don’t Tread on Me shirt, his attendance at an Evangelical megachurch with intolerant beliefs about LGBTQ marriage and other religions, and his stubbornly quiet political stance, which recently included skipping an Avengers fundraiser for Joe Biden featuring many other cast members (including Democrat Chris Evans). No matter how hard it gets, stick your chest out, keep your head up and handle it.-Tupac You got this @prattprattpratt. A real #Christian who lives by #principle, has never demonstrated anything but #positivity and #gratitude… Let’s keep our eyes on the prize, friends. It’s great that Chris Evans is an outspoken Democrat, but the job of all of these guys is to be a himbo onscreen and a millionaire off, and it’s weird to want more from them instead of amplifying the voices of actual activists who do politics as their job.— Amy Berg (@bergopolis) October 17, 2020

This is what sportsmen in basketball call an “easy bucket” (I made that up, don’t look it up). @prattprattpratt I #gotyerbackbackback (📸 @jimmy_rich ) A post shared by Robert Downey Jr. Two weeks away from the election, and the nation is gripped by a divisive, political discourse; one that comes around cyclically, as if by constitutional mandate. It’s not funny and it’s nothing new. The discourse was once a useful rhetorical tool for processing what movies looked like; now they no longer serve that function, particularly in a year when there aren’t even any Marvel movies at all. Related

Which Ryan Murphy Show Is This Hot White Guy In? And of course, there’s the fact that Pratt and beloved actress Anna Faris divorced following eight years of marriage, after which Pratt quickly got engaged to and married Katherine Schwarzenegger. Berg’s proposition is rhetorical, meant to line up quick-dunks (another basketball term, don’t fact-check this) because Chris Pratt is widely acknowledged to be the Worst Chris. Abrams’s Star Trek reboot — were fronted by similar-looking buff boys named Chris was a perfect encapsulation of our fascination and unease with this changing movie landscape. Let’s try that. 🙏♥️

View this post on Instagram It's an age-old debate: Which Hollywood Chris is the best? It’s hack. We are so close now.— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 20, 2020

View this post on Instagram What a world… Want viral engagement and some RTs? (📷: Getty) A post shared by E! Your family, friends, colleagues & everyone who’s ever crossed paths with you knows your heart and your worth!— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) October 21, 2020

You all, @prattprattpratt is as solid a man there is. Being mean is so yesterday. Another reason why we have to put the Chriscourse to bed once and for all is that Chris Pratt isn’t actually that much of an outlier in the assumed conservatism with which some fans take issue. To continue to fixate on these four bland vanilla wafers is to perpetuate their centrality in Hollywood, and I, for one, would really rather not. Fire up the Chriscourse. The question refers, of course, to the white Hollywood Chrises who star in mostly Marvel superhero blockbusters (the exception being Star Trek and Wonder Woman Chris, Pine). Many critics felt that this almost television-inspired approach to moviemaking led to a certain, numbing sameness, structurally and aesthetically. When it comes to the Chrises, it’s fine to ponder how the once-dopey puppy poster boy Andy Dwyer managed to take the Star-Lord role away from Glenn Howerton, thus setting us on a different, darker timeline where Glenn Howerton is not a movie star and instead, we have Trump and COVID and the lame Jurassic reboots. The Chriscourse was a way to point it all out and process it. I’d argue “no.”

People still making “best Chris” tweets in the year of our lord 2020— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) October 20, 2020

The Chris Discourse is stale and tired. To rank Chrises is cringe. It’s a vestigial limb leftover from the days when the words “internet boyfriend” were a thing. Love is what we all need not meanness and bullying. Fast-forward and films like Black Panther and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse have made the term “Marvel movie” far less white and homogenous than what the Chrises once symbolized. A decade ago, we were in the early throes of the Marvel-fication of Hollywood, a shift that forever changed tentpoles. Still, as though she were the first person to realize that “ew, moist sure is a gross word, isn’t it?,” TV writer Amy Berg tweeted a grid of the Four Chrismen of the Chrispocalypse with the caption, “One has to go.”

One has to go. Twitter wants to know: Who is the “worst Chris”? The “sinless” are casting stones at my #brother, Chris Pratt… News (@enews) on Oct 19, 2020 at 8:01pm PDT

Pratt’s co-stars also came to his defense, with Zoe Saldana supportively quoting Tupac, Mark Ruffalo trying to draw our collective attention back to the election, and Robert Downey Jr. AND he just married into a family that makes space for civil discourse and (just plain fact) INSISTS on service as the highest value. News Instagram post about the Chriscourse, calling this whole thing “so yesterday”:

Is this really what we need? We have evolved past the need. If you take issue with Chris,,, I’ve got a novel idea. That’s not to say we should just remain silent when celebs are being actively harmful, dumb, or fascist-adjacent. I know him personally, and instead of casting aspersions, look at how he lives his life. endorsing most of Pratt’s beliefs. Official (@robertdowneyjr) on Oct 20, 2020 at 2:53pm PDT

Schwarzenegger is right, actually: The Chris discourse really is “so yesterday.” Maybe there was a time when the “worst Chris” conversation was necessary, but we are well past that moment.