Chris Pratt is a human being, so he screws up sometimes. Unlike many humans, especially super famous ones, he takes his mistakes seriously and apologizes for them with no publicist prompting. Just adding that last part because the "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" star added it himself in his lengthy new Instagram post, apologizing for a video that was insensitive to people who are deaf or hard of hearing, and noting that he alone controls his own social media, and this apology was not prompted by anyone worried for the Marvel movie or Pratt's "brand."
To emphasize his apology, he used sign language in the video, and used the end of his note to urge Instagram to add closed captioning/subtitle options to make it more accessible.
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
This is why fans love Chris Pratt, even when he screws up. He's just a decent guy who wants to learn and grow.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the original video -- now removed -- was reportedly promoting "Guardians 2" and posted to Marvel's Facebook page. In the video, Pratt suggested viewers ignore subtitles, saying, "C'mon seriously dude. You'd rather read those than hear me?"
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