‘Social justice warriors can kick rocks’: Tom Hanks’ son Chet blows off ‘cultural appropriation’ claims

With a stoicism and premise denying response that many politicians could learn a lesson from, celebrity Chet Hanks had no qualms telling activist detractors that, as far as their opinions of him are concerned, they “can kick rocks.”

The 31-year-old actor and rapper, perhaps better known as the son of the famed Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, has routinely found himself at the center of controversy. Ahead of the premier of the latest episode of the Showtime series “Ziwe,” a talk show hosted by comedian Ziwe Fumudoh, a tease of her interview with Hanks was posted where she offered him up an opportunity to address some of his questionable decisions.

“Are there any marginalized communities you want to apologize to?” Fumudoh asked. “I don’t know, maybe the Patois community?”

“Nah. I don’t feel like I’ve truly done anything offensive,” Hanks replied after shaking his head throughout the question. “So I don’t apologize to any marginalized communities.”

Fumudoh pressed on in an attempt to understand where her guest was coming from, “You don’t see it as cultural appropriation. You see it as a celebration of culture. And then it’s like social justice warriors can go kick rocks?”

“Yeah,” Hanks responded, seeming pleased with that determination before waving his hand dismissively at those who’d try and defame him. “I a hundred percent agree. Social justice warriors can kick rocks.”

The actor, who had drawn attention last year for the release of his “White Boy Summer” clothing line that raised critics’ eyebrows who drew racist connotations from the designs, and then later released a viral video ranting against the COVID shots, recently reminded audiences of a 2020 posting he made while attending the Golden Globes.

At the time, Hanks used what was described as a Jamaican accent by some, and referenced by Fumudoh as representing the Patois community. Two years later, he appeared on the controversial FX series “Atlanta” where he was cast as a character using a similar dialect.

“My experience was even more complicated,” Hanks said of his experience growing up as a celebrity in a YouTube video from February, “because on top of fame already being toxic, I wasn’t even famous. I was just the son of somebody famous so I hadn’t even done anything to deserve any sort of recognition and that created a lot of contempt.”

Those experiences are said to be the topic of conversation Hanks had with Fumudoh in the interview that premiers Sunday. The host expressed her own excitement in getting to sit down for the discussion after having a previous interview cancelled.

“He randomly texted me, like, congratulating me on my work,” Fumudoh told Entertainment Tonight, “and then I asked him, like, ‘Oh hey, do you wanna do the show?'”

“I was so delighted,” she went on after explaining how Hanks won over her crew. “He had been someone who I thought would be an iconic guest for years and I think that interview was an iconic interview.”


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