Award ceremonies in 2018 have been dominated by politics. Most of the high-profile events featured stars that were critical (often profanely so) of President Trump. Not the MTV Movie Awards. The event featured one speech by actor Chris Pratt that took everyone in the audience by surprise. What was Pratt’s message?
Pratt was on stage to accept the Generation Award. He took center stage and made all of the typical acknowledgements. He thanked his family and his fans, and then jumped right into his message.
“This being the Generation Award, I’m going to cut to the chase and speak to you, the next generation,” he said.
He then listed “9 Rules From Chris Pratt.”
The first was simple. “Breathe. If you don’t, you’ll suffocate.”
Number two was more controversial. “You have a soul. Be careful with it.”
The third seems like common sense, even though it contains more than one instruction. “Don’t be a turd. If you’re strong, be a protector, and if you’re smart, be a humble influencer. Strength and intelligence can be weapons and do not wield them against the weak. That makes you a bully. Be bigger than that.”
The fourth is more specific. “When giving a dog medicine, put the medicine in a little hamburger and they won’t even know they’re eating medicine.”
The fifth is spot on. “Doesn’t matter what it is — earn it. A good deed, reach out to someone in pain, be of service; it feels good, and it’s good for your soul.”
It was the sixth, though, that shook up the audience. “God is real. God loves you, God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do.”
Yet Pratt cut the tension with levity with number seven. “If you have to poop at a party, but you’re embarrassed, because you’re going to stink up the bathroom, just do what I do: lock the door, sit down, get all the pee out first. And then when all the pee’s done, poop, flush, boom. You minimize the amount of time the poop is touching the air, ’cause if you poop first, it takes you longer to pee and then you’re peeing on top of it, stirring up the poop particles that create a cloud and it goes out and everyone in the party will know that you pooped. Just trust me, it’s science.”
The eighth point, though, went back to the religious theme. “Learn to pray. It’s easy, and it’s so good for your soul.”
And for the ninth, he rounded out the message. “Nobody is perfect. People are gonna tell you you’re perfect just the way you are — you’re not. You are imperfect. You always will be. But, there is a powerful force that designed you that way. And if you’re willing to accept that, you will have grace. And grace is a gift. And like the freedom that we enjoy in this country that grace was paid for with somebody else’s blood, do not forget it. Don’t take it for granted.”