Tom Hanks had a beautiful evening with his family at the Golden Globe Awards last night, where he was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. All five of his kids were in attendance, and like in any family, one turned out to draw a little unwanted attention.
The Hollywood icon’s son, Chet Hanks, also known as rapper Chet Haze on his mixtapes and MySpace profile, has become the butt of many online jokes for speaking with a Caribbean accent on the red carpet of the Golden Globes.
The 29-year-old aspiring rapper-turned-actor showed off his patois as he strolled the red carpet on Sunday night (January 5) in support of his father.
why is Tom Hanks' son Chet Hanks speaking patois? pic.twitter.com/mNh8ih8JhA— Brittny Pierre 🥳♒️ (@sleep2dream) January 6, 2020
Many wondered why he was speaking with the accent, and others were quick to point out that Chet has been banging on the doors of Black culture for some time now.
Who is responsible? pic.twitter.com/zWPRD8X0sO— 2020: The Year of The Block 🚫 (@Keli__Kelz) January 6, 2020
“Look, I know the majority of y'all are not going to get this, 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”.— HOT GIRL JOURNALIST (@taylorcrumpton) January 6, 2020
(Chet Hanks, 2015)https://t.co/ZHoQTUSptU https://t.co/NyU6HpIBZL
Chet Hanks be like: pic.twitter.com/a8bUGiay9B— Angela Rockford (@angie_goodwood) January 6, 2020
This is deeply disturbing and chaotic— 🔥🖼Valerie Complex (@ValerieComplex) January 6, 2020
every muscle in my body is sore from cringing— Sweatpants Cher 🔶 (@House_Feminist) January 6, 2020
In 2015, Chet Hanks defended his use of the N-word, so this isn’t the first time he’s stepped in hot water. According to TMZ, “Chet Haze” said, “Hip-hop isn’t about race, it’s about the culture you identify with.”
The younger Hanks has appeared on several episodes of Empire and also reportedly dated Love & Hip Hop star Hazel-E.
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