During an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this past Thursday, Pratt discussed how his church helped him with a religious-inspired 21-day cleansing.
“It’s based on [The Book of] Daniel … he was a guy who … only ate fruits and vegetables and grains. … I was inspired by my pastor," Pratt said. "It’s kind of like our Lent, you know, give something up. And so, for 21 days I had no meat, no sugar, no alcohol, and it was actually amazing. It was really cool."
Vox reported that the church Pratt attends is Zoe Church in LA. The church's pastor, Chad Veach, told The New York Times that the church is modeled after Hillsong Church, a Christian megachurch based out of Australia. According to the Hillsong's global pastor Brian Houston, it is, “a gay welcoming church but we are not a church that affirms a gay lifestyle.”
After Pratt's late-night appearance, actress Ellen Page took to Twitter to slam the actor for attending the church. “Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?,” Page tweeted.
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
Page doubled down on her comments Saturday.
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
“If lgbtq+ people are expressing their pain, their trauma, their experiences … maybe just try and listen?" she wrote in another tweet. "Open your heart, stop being defensive and have compassion. It’s a beautiful and life changing feeling, empathy. Much love truly to all.”
If lgbtq+ people are expressing their pain, their trauma, their experiences...maybe just try and listen? Open your heart, stop being defensive and have compassion. It’s a beautiful and life changing feeling, empathy.— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) February 9, 2019
Much love truly to all.
Some users were attempting to defend Pratt and his church's beliefs, but the Juno actress was having none of it.
No it isn’t— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) February 9, 2019
Conversion therapy and anti lgbtq rhetoric is extremely damaging
Children kill themselves
Maybe listen to those who are sharing they are in pain
Maybe truly just try and listen
Page, who came out as gay in 2014, has always been vocal about the necessity of celebrities using their platforms to further progressive values, so it's no shock that she's coming after Pratt, who has yet to respond to her comments.