Chris Pratt Defends His Church Following Ellen Page Calling It "Infamously Anti-LGBTQ"

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By claiming that he is not homophobic?

Chris Pratt has addressed Ellen Page's assertion that his church, megachurch Hillsong, is "infamously anti-LGBTQ." In a lengthy post on his Instagram story, the actor seemed to dismiss her concerns while failing to acknowledge Hillsong's homophobic history.

"It has recently been suggested that i belong to a church which 'hates people' and is 'infamously anti-LGBTQ,'" the post begins. "Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone." It's possible that Hillsong allows everyone to come in, but this does not make up for the fact that the church has fired pastors for coming out as gay, distanced itself from openly gay leaders, and allegedly even suggested conversion therapy to gay members.

Pratt then goes on to compare LGBTQ acceptance to acceptance of straight couples who get a divorce. Referencing his divorce from Anna Faris, he says that "despite what the Bible says about divorce my church community was there for me every step of the way, never judging, just gracefully accompanying me on my walk."

"They helped me tremendously offering love and support, he says. "It is what I have seen them do for others on countless occasions regardless of sexual orientation, race, or gender." I'd like to see some receipts, personally.

Pratt concludes by distancing himself from the church altogether to claim that he, personally, is not homophobic. "My faith is important to me but no church defines me or my life, and I am not a spokesman for any church or group of people," he says. "My values define who I am. We need less hate in this world, not more. I am a man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want free from the judgement of their fellow man."

It's great that Pratt himself claims not to be homophobic, but his way of addressing the issue basically did nothing at all. He both stood by his church and distanced himself from it, and seemed to dismiss the facts of the documented homophobia in his church rather than acknowledge them. And, as a gay person who went to church her entire life (churches like Hillsong, no less), I can say that it is much worse in the eyes of "progressive" churches like this to be gay than it is to be straight and divorced.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.