Chris Pratt wrote an angry Facebook post on his verified account, warning fans to block a “potential predator,” who was attempting to target female fans and get their phone numbers. You can read the post in its entirety below.
Pratt is one of most well-known actors right now especially since starring in Guardians of the Galaxy, Infinity War, and the Jurassic World: the Fallen Kingdom, so it was only a matter of time for someone to come in and impersonate him. The good news is he’s being proactive about it and warning fans, something that we don’t always see from celebrities. He makes an apparent plea in his post that this is not okay and if he finds them, he will shut them down.
“Tell your siblings. Educate our young ones. It’s probably mostly kids who would fall for this. Makes me sick.”
Pratt, having a child himself, is probably even more disturbed by online predators since it’s common for older men/women to approach younger kids online to trick them into either sending photos or meeting with them under false pretenses.
While some celebrity impersonators are not harmful and exist primarily as parody or fan accounts or expert internet trolls, others come with terrible agendas that can become criminal acts. In the past five years, there have been several cases of men impersonating Justin Bieber online as well to gain photos and just recently, comedian Kevin Hart had an imposter claiming to be him for financial gain. And last year in a post on thedebrief.co.uk Gemma Styles talks about how sinister these accounts can be and how in India it’s become common practice for people to pretend to be celebrities to illicit sexual photos for exploitation on adult websites.
According to People, the imposter Facebook page has been deleted. Chris Pratt also posted his warning message on Twitter as well as Instagram. Pratt, who was just featured in the new trailer for Avengers: Infinity War earlier this week and recently announced his official divorce is in the headlines and most likely a good target for online impersonation.
GeekFeed recommends if you do happen to have young kids to warn them about these types of interactions online. It may seem innocent enough, but the last thing you want is something as harmless as writing on their favorite celebs Facebook page to become something not so harmless.
Avengers: Infinity War opens on May 4th, 2018 and then Pratt can be seen in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on June 22nd, 2018. You can read more about Chris Pratt’s imposter courtesy of People.