The plague of political correctness has finally come home to roost in America, as evidenced by what “social justice” twits recently forced actor Chris Pratt to do.
Pratt, who is one of Hollywood’s most sought after actors, has recently been taking the internet by storm. His hilarious social media videos documenting his rigorous, movie role-induced diet have been a huge hit for Facebook’s media sharing platform Instagram, and the actor is fresh off the opening weekend for his massive comic book adaption Guardians of The Galaxy 2. Now, possibly due to his conservative leanings, Pratt has been targeted by ridiculous “social justice warriors” for insisting that they un-mute a video on his Instagram page while viewing.
This, the liberal lunatics imagined, was offensive to deaf people.
No, this is not an article from The Onion.
“On Monday, Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt posted a video apologizing to his fans. Why? What did he do? Did he insult them? Did he use a racial slur? No, of course not. Pratt had the temerity to post an Instagram video telling his fans to ‘turn up the volume’ and ‘listen’ rather than just reading the incomplete subtitles.
“This, it turns out, offended some of his deaf and hearing-impaired fans. This forced him to post this on Instagram:
“‘Instagram does this thing where it mutes all the videos it shows and forces you to turn on the volume in order to hear them. (maybe because most people are watching those videos at work when they should be working and don’t want to get caught. I know that’s when I do it. 😬) So when I made a video recently with subtitles, and requested that people turn up the volume and not just “read the subtitles” it was so people wouldn’t scroll past the video on mute, thus watching and digesting the information in the video. HOWEVER, I realize now doing so was incredibly insensitive to the many folks out there who depend on subtitles. More than 38 million Americans live with some sort of hearing disability. So I want to apologize. I have people in my life who are hearing-impaired, and the last thing in the world I would want to do is offend them or anybody who suffers from hearing loss or any other disability. So truly from the bottom of my heart I apologize. Thanks for pointing this out to me. In the future I’ll try to be a little less ignorant about it. Now… I know some of you are going to say, “Hey! Chris only apologized because his publicist made him!” Well. That is not the case. As always I control my social media. Nobody else. And I am doing this because I’m actually really sorry. Apologies are powerful. I don’t dole them out Willy-Nilly. This is one of those moments where I screwed up and here’s me begging your pardon. I hope you accept my apology. And on that note. Why doesn’t Instagram have some kind of technology to automatically add subtitles to its videos? Or at least the option. I did a little exploring and it seems lacking in that area. Shouldn’t there be an option for closed captioning or something? I’ve made them lord knows how much money with my videos and pictures. Essentially sharing myself for free. I know they profit. So… GET ON IT INSTAGRAM!!! Put closed captioning on your app. #CCinstaNow‘”
That’s right. Chris Pratt has been forced to apologize to the world because he simply wanted his fans to get the entire gist of his post, rather than relying on shoddy subtitles.
There are times in which political correctness is merely an annoying tool of the left, and there are times when the concept has been weaponized in order to create an air of authority for liberals and progressives. By bullying a celebrity into a public apology for something so inane certainly falls into that latter category.