Tom Hanks’ son Chet Hanks, who goes by the stage name of Chet Haze, grew up in Beverly Hills, is a graduate of Northwestern University, is an aspiring rap artist and philosopher, and is now also a vocal advocate on social media of his own right to use the n-word. Chet took to Instagram late last night, on the evening of June 1, with a tirade written in all-capital letters defending his right to “free speech”. Apparently, his use of the n-word is prolific, and, exacerbated by his peers’ criticism of the habit, the 24 year-old child of Tom Hanks and younger sibling of Colin Hanks has decided to make this a hot-button issue.
“Look, I know the majority of y’all are not going to get this,” he says into a home-recorded Instagram video, “because the history is still so fresh in our country. But hip-hop isn’t about race — it’s about the culture you identify with. Can’t no one tell me what I can’t say.”
The public has responded with an uproarious call for Haze to please “check [his] white privilege.” But so far, Haze has not responded to such critiques of his new manifesto.
Haze made tabloid headlines back in April as well for his attacks on Twitter aimed at radio host Howard Stern. Stern had made some sort of comment on his show expressing sympathy for Tom Hanks, that it must be difficult to have to be responsible for such a problem child. Haze did not react passively to this at the time, although the social media feud seems to have subsided in light of these more recent developments in the life of Chet Haze.
Over the weekend, Haze posted a photo of himself standing above a young black man, captioned, “Check out the song me and my n—a @chillthatdude just dropped on my Soundcloud. #Juice.”
He has received criticism for showing a profound lack of maturity, lack of awareness, and lack of taste. Many journalists have followed the line of questioning opened up by Howard Stern and asked, “How is it possible that this person is related to Tom Hanks”? Tom Hanks’ own publicity team has declined to comment.
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