Chris Pratt Learned That Words Matter, And It's A Lesson We Should All Remember

"In the future, I'll try to be a little less ignorant about it."

Chris Pratt has offered an apology for an act that many casually commit every day, and probably don't even realize it. The 37-year-old actor recently took a moment to express regret for a comment he made on social media in an Instagram video after realizing how it could have affected some of his followers.

This morning, Pratt posted a heartfelt message addressing recent comments he made that many felt were inconsiderate to those who are hearing impaired. It happened when he posted a promotional video for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and told his followers to "turn up the volume and not just 'read the subtitles' " โ€” a function, of course, which many people rely on to get by.

In his new video, the former Parks & Rec star sends a message to his followers in American Sign Language (ASL) โ€” along with a lengthy caption โ€” to call attention to the numerous people with hearing issues, to confirm that his publicist didn't force him to do this, and to suggest that Instagram get a closed captioning or subtitled option.

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"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," Pratt wrote. "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 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."

This seemed to go over well with Pratt's followers, who have thanked him for the meaningful message and for admitting that even public figures โ€” no matter how A-list they are or what TV or film projects they've done โ€” can get things wrong sometimes. It's his second "I'm sorry" lately, as he recently owned up to and cleared up comments he made to Men's Fitness about Hollywood not representing blue-collar Americans as a "pretty stupid" thing to say.

Intentional or not, Pratt realized how something he said could hurt someone and he took responsibility for it. Given the fact that we all make microaggressions like this on a daily basis, seeing someone in the public eye apologize for it is a lesson to us all that words matter, and we should work to choose ours more carefully.

(H/T: Variety)

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