As humans, we all make mistakes, and celebrities are no different (and we shouldn’t necessarily hold them to a higher accountability). That’s why, after sharing an insensitive Instagram post, Chris Pratt has made a heartfelt and important apology, and we totally respect him for it.
The Guardians of the Galaxy star took to Instagram on Thursday to apologize for a previous post he had uploaded onto the popular photo-sharing app. The actor had previously shared a subtitled video, but had told users to turn up the volume so that they could hear the clip, too (Instagram’s default is to play videos without sound).
In the caption for the new post, Pratt said that had realized that his post had been insensitive to those 38 million Americans have a hearing disability.”
“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,” he said. “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.”
The actor went on to say that he knows people who are hearing-impaired, and said that the last thing he wanted to do was to upset or discriminate against anyone with any sort of disability.
The actor went on to say that while people might question his intentions as being part of a PR stunt, he has control over all his social media channels, and that he felt “apologies were powerful.”
“This is one of those moments where I screwed up and here’s me begging your pardon,” he said. “I hope you accept my apology.”
The actor, who accompanied his apology with a video of him also apologizing in sign language, then sent a request to Instagram to add closed captioning to their content.
“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,” he said. “So… GET ON IT INSTAGRAM!!!”
As Chris said, apologies, especially when heartfelt, hold power, and we really respect the actor for realizing that he made a mistake and for making sure that he apologized in an appropriate and meaningful way. He didn’t try and make excuses but rather realized that he had been insensitive and rectified it.