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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Oh, boy. It’s not even Wednesday, and we’re already dealing with stupid stuff like this.

As we reported on Monday, director Kevin Smith suffered a massive heart attack on Sunday evening. Luckily, he made it through okay, and even went so far as to post on social media and open up about his experience. On the heels of that tweet, actor Chris Pratt took to Twitter to praise Smith, tell him how much of an influence Smith was on him, and call for prayers and well-wishes.

Many were not so thrilled with this. In the age of mass school shootings, some were quick to point out that “thoughts and prayers” weren’t enough. Luckily, director James Gunn was there to talk some sense into some of these people, saying:

“So I just read Chris Pratt’s tweet to Kevin Smith saying he would pray for him & made the mistake of reading the comments, many of which go off on Chris for saying he’d pray. I think people misunderstand the backlash against ‘thoughts & prayers.’ 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. If you’re offering Parkland shooting survivors prayers, but are unwilling to deal with the problems of gun violence in this country in a practical way, those prayers are empty. And if you’re going to offer prayers to the folks suffering in Puerto Rico, you might consider adding a link for a donation or calling on your representatives to take action, in addition to those prayers. Prayers alone will not change the world.

But 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. I’m not tweeting this to defend Chris – he’s a big boy and can take care of himself. But for me, personally, prayer and meditation are great boons to my life and help me navigate my way through this world, and I don’t want to dissuade others who find those things useful. I honestly would not be doing what I’m doing in either my career, or in speaking out on political matters, if I wasn’t led there through prayers and meditation. I feel lucky to have these tools. I don’t think that means YOU need to pray. I don’t. There are many ways to navigate this life. Mine is only one of them. Prayer isn’t for everyone but, in the face of helplessness, it’s often meant as acknowledgement that one cares (and we all care about @ThatKevinSmith).”

Gunn wasn’t the only one to defend Pratt. Smith recorded an in-hospital vlog, and in it, he stated that regardless of people and their religious beliefs, someone praying for you is nothing but good intention.

“James Gunn had to jump in and be like, ‘Ain’t nothing wrong with praying for a person, man.’ Number one, oh my God, thank you to Chris Pratt. How sweet was that? Star-Lord praying for me. James Gunn had to jump in and be like, ‘Ain’t nothing wrong with praying for a person, man.’ Number one, oh my God, thank you to Chris Pratt. How sweet was that? Star-Lord praying for me.”

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SOURCE: Chris Pratt, James Gunn, Kevin Smith

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.