Ellen Page Calls Out Chris Pratt for Attending 'Infamously Anti-LGBT' Church
Ellen Page wants Chris Pratt to address how his church has outlined an anti-LGBTQ stance in the past
Pratt, 39, stopped by the Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night where he opened up about the Bible-inspired fast that he’d just finished.
“I was inspired by my pastor,” Pratt said of taking on the Daniel Fast. According to its website, the Daniel Fast is “based on the fasting experiences of the Old Testament Prophet,” and serves to help people “draw nearer to God.”
“It’s kind of like our Lent, you know, give something up. So for 21 days I had no meat, no sugar, no alcohol, and it was actually amazing. It was really cool,” Pratt said.
Pratt then when on to talk about how his church has helped him deal with the pressures of fame and being in the spotlight. The Lego Movie 2 actor 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 — and other related churches.
In response to a Hollywood Reporter article about Pratt’s appearance on the Late Show, Page, 31, tweeted, “Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?”
Representatives for Pratt, Page and Hillsong Church did not immediately return PEOPLE’s request for comment.
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.
Page’s tweet comes a week after the actress delivered a moving speech about the LGBTQ community on the Late Show. The actress got emotional as she spoke about the apparent hate crime against gay actor Jussie Smollett just days before and how she links that violence to Vice President Mike Pence, who has pushed for conversion therapy for gay people in the past, and the Trump administration.
“Connect the dots. This is what happens. If you are in a position of power and you hate people and you want to cause suffering to them, you go through the trouble, you spend your career trying to cause suffering, what do you think is going to happen? Kids are going to be abused, and they’re going to kill themselves and people are going to be beaten on the street,” she said while tearing up and visibly angry.
“I have traveled the world and I have met the most marginalized people you could meet. I am lucky to have this time and the privilege to say this. This needs to f—- stop,” Page finished while fighting back tears as the crowd gave her a standing ovation.