CHRIS PRATT GETS DRAGGED FOR OFFERING PRAYERS TO KEVIN SMITH POST-HEART ATTACK
Clerks director Kevin Smith took to Twitter Monday to share the good news that he is “still above ground” after surviving a massive heart attack Sunday night.
He tweeted out a shot of himself looking shocked in a hospital bed, writing: “After the first show this evening, I had a massive heart attack.” The 47-year-old skipped the second “Kevin Smith Live!” show at Glendale’s Alex Theatre.
He said the attack was caused by a “100% blockage” of an artery, a blockage a.k.a. the “widow-maker.”
After sharing his news, fans and celebrities inundated him with “get well soon” tweets.
Chris Pratt took to Twitter, writing: "Kevin we don’t know each other too good but I have loved you since Clerks and I’m praying my a-- off for you cause I believe in the healing power of prayer. Can you please pray with me people!? Praying for you. I will continue to. You inspired me with Clerks when I was a senior HS. I’m tagging my Lb/rb football coach who showed me the movie cause he believed in me and knew I’d be inspired @hodge1916."
He came under attack from some social media users, who likened the call to prayer to many politicians’ tweets following the mass shooting in Florida. (After the shooting critics said gun control action was needed, not thoughts and prayers).
Pratt did not respond, but Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn shared his thoughts in a nine-part tweet.
"So I just read Chris Pratt’s tweet to Kevin Smith saying he would pray for him & made the mistake of reading the comments, many of which go off on Chris for saying he’d pray. I think people misunderstand the backlash against 'thoughts & prayers,'" Gunn began. "There is nothing wrong with sending someone positive thoughts & prayers. But when this is coupled with inaction when action will benefit the situation, it’s empty."
He continued, "If you’re offering Parkland shooting survivors prayers, but are unwilling to deal with the problems of gun violence in this country in a practical way, those prayers are empty. But no one expects Chris Pratt to shoulder doctors out of the way and perform heart surgery on Kevin Smith. Nor does Kevin need Chris to pay his medical bills. So I think his prayers are appreciated, and about all he can do."