Chris Hemsworth’s touching shoutout to his supportive wife treads into cancel culture territory

An Avenger flirted with cancel culture as a shoutout to his wife tread on ground familiar to Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker.

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Thursday was Thor’s-day in Los Angeles as blockbuster actor Chris Hemsworth was honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Joined by co-stars, friends, and family, the Australian native was not short on gratitude, especially for his actress wife, Elsa Pataky who he praised for putting “aside her own dreams.”

After thanking his parents for all they had done for himself and his celebrity brothers, Hemsworth turned to the mother of his three children and said, “I want to say thank you to my beautiful wife, who has been there for my entire career, basically by my side, endlessly encouraging and supportive.”

“And it doesn’t get lost upon me that she put aside her own dreams in order to support mine and, again, [I am] forever in your debt,” he continued, “And the fact that nothing that I do, any of these moments, these special occasions, all these events — none of it is special without you by my side. And I love you.”

Similarly, paternal pride was showered upon his daughter and twin sons as the actor expressed, “And then to my kids, my kids who are endlessly inspiring for so many reasons. They’re an abundance of joy and passion.”

Speaking little more than a week after Catholic Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker had been met with backlash, doxxing, and petitions to see him lose his job, social media users couldn’t help but wonder if Hemsworth would suffer a similar fate.

Some even joked as to how the chronically outraged should respond with suggestions like, “Can the Kansas City social media team also tweet out where he lives,” and, “unacceptable, the chiefs must cut him immediately.”

Of course, the glaring difference between the actor’s remarks and those of the athlete was how the latter had incorporated his faith into the conversation.

When speaking at Benedictine College, Butker had delivered a particular message to the young women graduating about the vocation of “homemaker,” and said in part, “I can tell you that my beautiful wife, Isabelle, would be the first to say that her life truly started when she began living her vocation as a wife and as a mother. I’m on the stage today and able to be the man I am because I have a wife who leans into her vocation. I’m beyond blessed with the many talents God has given me, but it cannot be overstated that all of my success is made possible because a girl I met in band class back in middle school would convert to the faith, become my wife, and embrace one of the most important titles of all: homemaker.”

After Hemsworth’s speech, Butker doubled down against the critics and said at the “Courage Under Fire” gala in Nashville, Tennessee Friday, “The theme of tonight’s gala — Courage Under Fire — was decided many months ago, but it now feels providential that this would be the theme after what we have all witnessed these past few weeks. If it wasn’t clear that the timeless Catholic values are hated by many, it is now.”

Hammering home his commitment to “glorifying God,” the three-time Super Bowl champion added, “It’s a decision I’ve consciously made and one I do not regret at all. If we have truth and charity, we should trust in the Lord’s providence and let the Holy Ghost do the rest of the work. Our love for Jesus, and thus our desire to speak out, can never be outweighed by the longing for our fallen nature to be loved by the world.”

Kevin Haggerty


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