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How Chris Pratt's Politics Affect Your Life

Whether liberal or conservative, Chris Pratt's politics are apparently the most important thing in the world...

Update 2/4/2021: This week Twitter got after Chris Pratt again, unearthing some lame but fairly innocuous "jokes" Pratt tweeted in 2012, and combining them with some fake screenshots of tweets in which he appears to defend the use of a racial slur and says "muslims scare me so much."

Among the evidence that the offensive tweets were less than legitimate is the fact that one of them shared the exact time, date, like and retweet count as one of the bad jokes it was shared alongside of. The fake tweets were reportedly spread by a member of a Marvel fan community, and were perhaps not intended to be taken seriously. Nonetheless, Twitter's rabid desire to cancel Chris Pratt kicked in, and soon #ripchrispratt was trending.

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How Social Media Changed Celebrity Relationships

Social media has ruined celebrity relationships and built empires— from Chris Pratt to Kim Kardashian, tabloid culture has risen to explosive, new heights via Twitter and Instagram.

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Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper broke up after 4 years of dating, which included almost a year's worth of rumors about Cooper's friendship with costar Lady Gaga.

Gaga was eager to gush about Cooper, gazing breathlessly into his eyes anytime they were on a red carpet. Their on-screen love led to off screen speculation about their undeniable chemistry. A Star is Born's press run concluded with many awards and, honestly, has yet to entirely end. The pair's charm began to wear thin as people became annoyed by Gaga and put off by Cooper's hubris.

The movie's press run was reminiscent of older Hollywood tactics, when co-stars pretended to be in a relationship to promote their films and each other's careers. Nowadays, celebrity relationships can be mutually beneficial arrangements that not only increase the star's respective cultural relevance and fan bases, but offer the opportunity to building a corporate brand around their romance.

When famous couples do break up, fans experience a fraction of the star's heartbreak because of months or years of investment in the couple—following their relationships online, in videos, and on talk shows. One of the most notable couples in recent years to use social media to address their break up was Anna Faris and Chris Pratt. Anna posted a text message to her feed and Chris posted the same on Facebook, personalizing the PR announcement.

Social media has offered celebrities a way to directly talk to the public and vice versa. In return, fans can begin to feel like they know their favorite celebrities personally, beyond the voyeurism of magazine readers. Online, the public has a voice that intervenes in the real life relationships of celebrities. Now, social media allows fans to relentlessly weigh in on stars' personal lives with relative anonymity.

Months after her separation from her Pratt, Faris detailed her marriage's narrative, explaining how the rumors about her then-husband and his co-star, Jennifer Lawrence, made her feel "incredibly insecure" during the Passengers' press run, with tabloids constantly covering the chummy pair. The media's speculation over who is dating who can be rooted in truth, but can also have real world effects on relationships.

Similarly, rumors of a romance between Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson percolated for a long period. In turn, fans' obsession about the two became paralyzing for the friendship. Back in 2017, Tomlinson commented on how their hyper-analyzed interactions ruined their relationship:

"It created this atmosphere between the two of us where everyone was looking into everything we did. It took away the vibe you get off anyone. It made everything, I think on both fences, a little bit more unapproachable."

The public's ability to comment whatever whenever online escalates the power of the media to insert themselves into celebrity relationships. The stampede of opinions from journalists and online trolls can be suffocating and destroy relationships, like the many who theorize to this day about Shayk and Cooper. Eventually, Lady Gaga told people to "f**k off" after being heckled, once again, about Cooper, a reaction that almost certainly came from a place of exhaustion from the constant rumors.

Meanwhile, celebrities in secure relationships are able to profit off social media by building their image around their personal lives. Chrissy Teigen became an internet sensation through Twitter, molding a career beyond modeling while expanding her family with John Legend. Last year, the husband and wife began starring in ads together, the first being for Google Duo. The pair even hosted A Very Legendary Christmas together on NBC, which proved the couple's immense marketability. Their relatability and online banter are easy selling points for those who care about a more down to earth, famous family.

Before the dominance of social media, the Kardashians were some of the first celebrities to utilize the platform to elevate their fame by connecting with fans and bringing them a step further into their "lives." At the time, Kim's relationship with Kanye was one of the first to demonstrate the possibilities for A-List influencers. Their relationship propelled Kim into another realm of celebrity and exhibited how the internet can heighten celebrities' reputations. Each Kardashian has been able to increase their visibility due to the people they date or wed. While that is not a new concept, the direct accessibility to the stars through our personal devices increases individuals' investment in following celebrities' daily lives. In the meantime, celebrities take advantage of their devoted fans. With the saturation of ads and promotional posts embedded in personal content, it can feel like one can't escape capitalism: Celebrities want us to conflate purchasing their endorsed products with being a supportive fan.

Unfortunately, the difference between social media and self promotion is becoming more difficult to differentiate. With the rise of social media, celebrity brands are more cultivated than ever, and the means of promoting those brands are through rumors and publicity about high-profile relationships rather than artistic work. The subconscious reckoning of tabloid culture manifests in a more personal, somewhat inescapable way which can ruin relationships or increase net worth, all while staying in a field of vision consumers can enjoy by taking toxic pleasure in gossip.

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Top 10 Best Celebrity Podcasts

From Oprah's Masterclass, to Gwyneth Paltrow's goop podcast, to RuPaul and Michelle Visage's What's The Tee.

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Here are ten of the best celebrity podcasts to make your morning commute a little less insufferable.

1. Unqualified hosted by Anna Faris

Anna Faris offers hilarious cultural commentary, interesting interviews with other stars, and advice for listeners who phone in with questions about relationships and life's other greatest struggles.

2. Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness

If you've always wanted more Jonathan Van Ness in your life, then Getting Curious is the answer to your prayers. The Queer Eye star known for his infectious personality, unparalleled grooming skills, and ability to make anyone see the best in themselves, hosts a weekly exploration alongside guests who take a deep dive into all of the things that tickle JVN's fancy.

3. Conan O'Brien Needs A Friend

The comedy legend, known for his time spent behind the late night desk, hosts a weekly podcast where his unbridled sense of humor is let loose without the constraints of network television.

4. RuPaul: What's The Tee? W/ Michelle Visage

The legendary RuPaul and his BFF/icon Michelle Visage host a comedy podcast together, where they discuss a wide range of topics surrounding pop culture, gossip, advice, and behind-the-scenes drag race tea, all with their signature snark. Typically they have a celebrity on to join in on their hilarious convos.

5. The goop Podcast hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow and Elise Loehnen

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It was only a matter of time before actress/entrepreneur/wellness guru Gwyneth Paltrow pivoted her passion project/company/lifestyle blog, goop, into a podcast. The goop Podcast features Paltrow and goop's Chief Content Officer, Elise Loehnen, chatting with "leading thinkers, culture changers, and industry disruptors" about new and old ways of thinking. Their inaugural episode featured Oprah.

6. Oprah's Master Class: The Podcast

The prolific Oprah never seems to run out of light to share with the world. Her podcast offers even more life lessons and conversations with actors, musicians, public figures, and athletes.

7. Call Chelsea Peretti

Comedy vet Chelsea Peretti shares her hilarious insights as she takes calls and interacts with listeners in her weekly themed episodes.

8. Snoop Dogg's GGN Podcast

This 4/20-friendly pod is essentially a kickback in your friend's basement, except you're listening through headphones. It's perfect for anyone looking for easy-going, entertaining insights from the music legend and pop culture icon Snoop Dogg.

9. Armchair Expert Hosted by Dax Shepherd

You may know Dax Shepherd from his roles in mid-aughts comedies, or his marriage to Kristen Bell. But what you might know is that the Parenthood star is a decade sober, has a degree in anthropology, and four years of improv training under his belt. Dax Shepherd offers his eclectic background as a spring-board for interacting with people and exploring the messiness of the human condition on his podcast.

10. WTF with Marc Maron

This list wouldn't be complete without Marc Maron's decade-old podcast and radio show, one of the most widely known and established podcasts in the game.

Full Name: Christopher Michael Pratt

Date of Birth: June 21, 1979

Born: Virginia, Minnesota

Occupation: Actor

Status: Divorced (from Anna Faris)

Children: 1

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From Parks and Recreation to getting ripped, actor Chris Pratt knows how to make the most of his talents. He can be the funny guy or a force of nature, making his appeal endlessly interesting. See him on the big screen and you'll be in awe of his good looks and captivating presence. And with his soaring success, there's plenty more of the Minnesota native to come. Here's a bit about the actor and why he's on the A-list.

Rad Roles

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Pratt has landed some pretty powerful roles. He's memorable and magnetic, giving the term "movie star" real meaning. Some of Pratt's popular films include Bride Wars, Moneyball, The Lego Movie, Jurassic World, Passengers, and Avengers: Infinity War. Ever since Pratt leapt from the small to big screen, success has followed, and so have his fans. Cast Pratt in a film and it's sure to be fantastic.

Farewell Faris

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Like many Hollywood couples, Pratt met Anna Faris on set. They were both starring in Take Me Home Tonight. Life imitated art and the two fell in love, got married, and had a child. But like many famous marriages fare, there's didn't last, but they did give it a good run from 2009-2018.

New Love

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Rumors were swirling and appear to be true. Pratt is dating Katherine Schwarzenegger – daughter of Arnold. Lucky in love for a second time, Pratt seems to be smitten and all signs point to this being the real deal. As long as Pratt keeps her famous father on his good side, he'll be just fine.

What's Next for the Actor?

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With fame and fortune comes more of the same. Box office hits and Chris Pratt go hand-in-hand. He's handsome and has us glued to the screen. His talent is abundant as are upcoming roles. Expect to see Pratt at a theater near you for years to come.


Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G, Understood.org, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, Better Homes & Gardens, AMC Daycare, and more.


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"Prattenegger?" "Schwatt?" What Will this Surprising New Couple be Called?

Looks Like Chris Pratt has a New Lady in His Life…Katherine Schwarzenegger

Hollywood's new "it" couple?

As far as good-looking pairings go, the newest (assumed) coupleChris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger are at the top of the "blessed-in-the-gene-department" list. Now, who knows if they are dating or "just friends," but both are single, ready to mingle, look damn hot together.

Most movie (or hunk) fans are familiar with Pratt; he has starred in blockbuster flicks including Jurassic World, Passengers, Moneyball, Zero Dark Thirty, Avengers, and Bride Wars. And he recently split from actress Anna Faris with whom he has a young son, leaving his options wide open in the romance department.

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But who is Katherine? Of course, the name Schwarzenegger is familiar – Ahhhnold is her proud pop. And mom is acclaimed journalist Maria Shriver. But Schwarzenegger isn't just a lucky young lady who spends her family's loot while being a lazy lie about. She is an accomplished blogger, book author, and ambassador for the ASPCA. Talent, tenderness, and a "10!" Pratt hit the jackpot with this extraordinary gal.

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TMZ reported the two lovebirds were spotted on a "picnic date" in Santa Barbara, CA. Lunch may or may not turn into love, but it surely looks like they were enjoying themselves – be it due to the company or the cold cut sandwiches.

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Whether this romance will blossom or be a one-hit wonder will be something we'll have to wait to find out. Let's just hope Pratt is a fan of The Terminator and Total Recall if he is trying to get on his new date's dad's good side. Then again, old pop isn't exactly one to judge relationships. Just ask the housekeeper.

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Could Pratt and Schwarzenegger be Hollywood's sexiest summer couple? They certainly look the part, so they're halfway there when it comes to "the biz." Congrats to cupid for making this seemingly perfect match!


Melissa A. Kay is a New York-based writer, editor, and content strategist. Follow her work on Popdust as well as sites including TopDust, Chase Bank, P&G, Understood.org, The Richest, GearBrain, The Journiest, Bella, TrueSelf, Better Homes & Gardens, AMC Daycare, and more.


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Chris Pratt gave a hilarious impression of the British accent on Friday night.

On a press tour in the UK for Jurassic World, the actor stopped by the Graham Norton Show, joined by Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law.

He revealed that he and his wife Anna Faris are obsessed with the British scripted reality hit show The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE for short)—so much so that he has picked up the distinctive accent of the characters on the show.

Obviously he was asked to do his impression and he TOTALLY nailed it.....so much so we reckon he could put in an appearance as a new cast member!

Check out his performance and compare it to a clip from the real show—it's uncanny!