Chris Pratt Faces Backlash on Twitter for Sending "Prayers" to Kevin Smith

'Guardians of the Galaxy' director James Gunn has since come to Pratt's defence
Chris Pratt Faces Backlash on Twitter for Sending "Prayers" to Kevin Smith
When Kevin Smith revealed on Twitter earlier today that he'd suffered a "massive" heart attack, plenty of celebrity friends and admirers offered messages of support via the social media platform — but not everyone is pleased with one actor's response.
 
Twitter was quick to pounce on Chris Pratt for sending "prayers" to the comedian and director.
 
The Guardians of the Galaxy and Parks and Recreation star said he was "praying my ass off for you cause I believe in the healing power of prayer." He added a second tweet saying: "Praying for you. I will continue to. You inspired me with Clerks when I was a senior HS."
 
Many drew parallels between Pratt's response and the familiar political response of sending "thoughts and prayers" to victims of tragic events like the recent Parkland school shooting, and shot down the tangible effects of prayer.
 
That said, plenty of other Twitter users chimed in with various prayers of their own (or at least some praying hands emojis).
 
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn also stepped in to defend Pratt, arguing that "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."
 
Gunn added, "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."
 
See his full string of tweets below.
 
Regardless of the science behind recovery, we're pretty sure Smith fans are all hoping the dude gets well soon.