Ellen Page Comes For Chris Pratt, Drags Him For Attending ‘Infamously Anti-LGBTQ’ Church

Out actress and vocal LGBTQ advocate Ellen Page took to Twitter on Friday to remind her more than 1.4 million Twitter followers that The Lego Movie 2 star Chris Pratt attends an “infamously anti lgbtq” church after Pratt discussed his spiritual connection to Hillsong Church on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert this week.

“Oh. K. Um,” Page tweeted Friday. “But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?”

Pratt has been seen attending several services at Hillsong Church, a popular congregation for Hollywood A-Listers like Pratt, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and the Kardashians, according to People magazine.

Vox confirmed this week that Pratt attends Los Angeles’s Zoe Church, which describes itself as a “place where our doors are open to people of all backgrounds,” though pastor Chad Veach admitted to The New York Times in March 2018 that he “modeled his church after Hillsong.”

In 2015, Hillsong and its pastor Brian Houston came under fire for his stance on the gay community.

Houston posted a lengthy blog post about the subject, where he wrote he held “traditional Christian thought on gay lifestyles and gay marriage.”

“I do believe God’s word is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman,” he continued. “The writings of the apostle Paul in scripture on the subject of homosexuality are also clear, as I have mentioned in previous public statements.”

Houston went on to write that “Hillsong Church welcomes ALL people but does not affirm all lifestyles. Put clearly, we do not affirm a gay lifestyle and because of this we do not knowingly have actively gay people in positions of leadership, either paid or unpaid.”

The pastor also clarified that members of the LGBTQ community “are welcome to attend, worship with us, and participate as a congregation member with the assurance that you are personally included and accepted,” but outlined that they wouldn’t be able to hold positions of leadership within the church.

In 2016, The Daily Beast detailed Hillsong’s history of sex abuse and conversion therapy.

Page doubled down on her initial tweet criticizing Pratt and his church, tweeting: “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.”

She added: “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. Much love truly to all.”

Update: Chris Pratt has responded to Page’s criticisms, writing in an Instaram post that “it has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates a certain group of people’ and is ‘infamously anti –LGBTQ.’ ”

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” he wrote. “I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.”

Read his full response here.