This is a rant. And the disclaimer before the rant that Christ Pratt is talented and charming and seems to be an all-around decent fella. Chris, forgive me.
We have got to stop calling Chris Pratt “sexy”. Thing is, folks, we can’t have it both ways. We have come so far with our treatment of women and minorities and disadvantaged groups and we simply CAN NOT condemn the dehumanization of people and with the same breath drool over Chris Pratt’s new muscles (lookin’ at you, Buzzfeed).
Think about it— what changed? With Mr. Pratt, I mean. Did he suddenly develop a better personality? Did he suddenly become a better actor? Did he suddenly have better hair? Did his face suddenly get more symmetrical? Of course not. Ok, well he did get a better haircut; but mostly he just lost weight and suddenly was in the running for sexiest man alive.
Now, I don’t believe in reverse discrimination (as in I don’t think it really exists, but that’s an argument for another time). I’m not trying to make victims of rich white American men. There’s a bigger issue here: in spite of all our claims to acceptance and open-mindedness, the fanfare over Chris Pratt body just shows that we (media, fans, society) still can’t see people as people. We make such an effort to praise the Amy Schumers and Rebel Wilsons of the celebrity world, but as soon as our guard’s down— as soon as we’re not thinking too hard about it— we go right back to treating people as more or less attractive bodies.
Ok, that’s all. Rant over. Here’s what we can do. We can continue to make positive strides in feminism and anti-discrimination and whatever else that means not being d***s to people. And, yes, we can continue to love Chris Pratt for all that he does; but, we can replace calling him “sexy”, with praise for making healthy choices. And whenever somebody, anybody, makes positive changes to their bodies we can do the same. It’s simple, guys: if you’re in favor of treating people like they are people, just remember that applies to all people.