Christ Pratt, a Hollywood actor, is constantly pushing the limits on jokes, but this time, he may have gone too far.
He was posting on Instagram to promote his new movie, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, when he accidentally offended the deaf community.
He asked the people watching his video to turn the volume on, saying that it’s absurd that someone would rather read the subtitles than listen to his sultry voice. This is much in line with the tone of humor that one can generally expect from Chris Pratt.
Unfortunately, the hearing-impaired and deaf community will never get the luxury of hearing his voice and they need those subtitles.
He immediately apologized for his insensitivity in a video as well as a written apology.
Pratt said that he was using this as a tactic to grab more attention to his video so that people would not just “scroll past the video on mute.” He did not realize that it would be insensitive, so he apologized without delay.
From Heat Street:
“When I made a video recently with subtitles, and requested that people turn up the volume and not just ‘read the subtitles,’ it was so people wouldn’t scroll past the video on mute, thus watching and digesting the information in the video,” Pratt wrote. “HOWEVER, I realize now doing so was incredibly insensitive to the many folks out there who depend on subtitles. More than 38 million Americans live with some sort of hearing disability. So I want to apologize. I have people in my life who are hearing-impaired, and the last thing in the world I would want to do is offend them or anybody who suffers from hearing loss or any other disability. So truly from the bottom of my heart I apologize. Thanks for pointing this out to me. In the future I’ll try to be a little less ignorant about it.”
He also urged Instagram to add “some kind of technology” that would automatically add subtitles to videos. “Why doesn’t Instagram have some kind of technology to automatically add subtitles to its videos? Or at least the option.” This isn’t the first time Pratt came under fire for causing offense to someone. Recently, he was forced to apologize over a suggestion that “the voice of the average, blue-collar American” isn’t represented in movies and TV shows. “I don’t see personal stories that necessarily resonate with me, because they’re not my stories,” he told Men’s Fitness. “I think there’s room for me to tell mine, and probably an audience that would be hungry for them. The voice of the average, blue-collar American isn’t necessarily represented in Hollywood.”
He later issued an apology following social media outrage, saying “That was actually a pretty stupid thing to say. I’ll own that. There’s a ton of movies about blue collar America.”