Chet Hanks Defends Using Controversial Jamaican Accent [Video]

Chet Hanks is back at it, defending his use of Jamaican patois on Clubhouse. Yup the same Clubhouse that got Kevin Hart in trouble a couple days ago.

via: Page Six

Tom Hanks’ son, Chet Hanks, is defending his use of a Jamaican accent, claiming he is “not trying to offend anybody.”

The 30-year-old was asked during a discussion on the voice-based social media app Clubhouse if he still plans to speak patois when there are people around who may not be “sympathetic” to the Caribbean culture.

Hanks likened his use of the Jamaican accent to what would be like if he binge-watched an English film, and then walked into a Starbucks and said, “‘Eh, give me a latte, Govna,” in a Cockney accent.

“It’s not coming from a place of like, ‘Oh, I’m going to s—t on these people,’” he said. “You know what I mean?”

However, several people in the chat, which was reposted on Twitter, explained that using an English accent is not as offensive because “English people were not oppressed.”

“I understand that,” Hanks responded, adding, “I’m not trying to offend anybody.”

He then reiterated as the chat became more tense, “I’m aware of the history. I’m aware of that.”

Hanks’ Jamaican accent first caused a stir in January at the 2020 Golden Globes, where his father was being honored with the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award.

“BIG UP FIMI WHOL FAMILY SOON COM AT DI AWARDS NA SEEN. CHUNE IN,” he captioned a video taken from the red carpet.

While most viewers were confused by the accent, Hanks’ mom Rita Wilson commented, “Maybe the best laugh of the night.”

In February, Hanks shared a now-deleted clip, titled, “”Chet Chat Vol. VI (Part 2): Cultural Appropriation,” in which tried to further explain why he doesn’t see anything wrong with his use of the Jamaican accent.

According to Global News, Hanks said, “If you don’t have a problem with a Black person wearing cowboy hats and cowboys boots and loving country music, then why do you have a problem with white people wearing braids and gold teeth and getting into hip-hop music? It’s this whole idea of theft, of they steal it from us.”

What do you guys think? Is Chet appropriating the culture or nah?

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