Tom Hanks’ White ‘Rapper’ Son: No One Can Tell Me I Can’t Say ‘N*gga’ (VIDEO)

It’s hard to believe that award-winning actor Tom Hanks and Chester “Chet Haze” Hanks are related — especially when the younger Hanks is dropping N-bombs all over Instagram.

On Tuesday, Hanks’ 24-year-old son, who promotes himself as a white rapper on Instagram, posted a video defending his recent use of the word “n*gga” and explaining that although most of us won’t “get it,” it’s his constitutional right to use the word.

Chester Hanks accompanied the video with this long rant, making references to the “Jim Crow era” and crying “free speech”:

“If I say the word nigga I say it amongst people I love and who love me. If I say ‘fuck yall hatin ass niggaz’ it’s because that’s really how I felt at the time. And I don’t accept society getting to decide what ANYBODY can or can’t say. That’s something we call FREE SPEECH. Now I understand the older generation who grew up in the Jim Crowe era might have strong feelings against this. And that’s understandable… But what I’m saying is this is 2015… And even tho we are still far from where we need to be and black people are still being literally KILLED by a RACIST and fucked up system… We have also reached a point where the word can no longer have a negative connotation if we so choose. And who is to say only black people can use it? The way I see it, it’s a word that unifies the culture of HIP-HOP across ALL RACES, which is actually kind of a beautiful thing. It’s a word that can be used out of camaraderie and love, not just exclusively for black people. What’s the point in putting all these built up “rules” about it. It’s time to let go. You can hate me or love me for it, but can’t nobody tell me what I can or can’t say. It’s got nothing to do with trying to be a thug. It’s about the culture of the music. And that’s all I have to say about that (no pun intended) lol. It’s all love. Some people will get it, some people won’t. Either way, Ima keep living my life however the fuck I want. ALL LOVE”

It should be noted that the “And that’s all I have to say about that” line is actually a quote from Forest Gump which his dad starred in — and demonstrates that Chester doesn’t fully understand how puns work.

All this N-word talk began last weekend, when Chester posted a photo with the caption, “Check out the song me and my n*gga @chillthatdude just dropped on my Soundcloud #Juice.”

Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 1.49.20 PMAfter getting quite a bit of backlash on that caption, Chester released another photo calling out all the “hating ass n*ggaz.”

Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 1.55.30 PMNo matter how Chester tried to justify his use of the word, the reactions from Instagrammers were predictably negative:

Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 1.57.24 PMThe sad thing is that Chester is dead serious about his crusade to use the N-word, and cannot for the life of him see how privileged he is. Even in acknowledging that America is “still far from where we need to be and black people are still being literally KILLED by a RACIST and fucked up system,” Chester insists that the racial slur doesn’t need to have “a negative connotation, if we so choose.” The N-word may not have any meaning to Chester whatsoever other than inclusion in what he calls “hip hop culture,” but to many it’s a word that represents a horrendous time in American history and carries a pain that Chester can never relate to or understand.

The people that the N-word is usually directed at face deep, systemic and institutionalized racism every single day. African Americans are at a higher risk for being killed, arrested and mistreated by law enforcement. Discrimination still lives, making black people less likely to be chosen for jobs and having less access to opportunities that nearly fall into the laps of white people. These are things that Chester will never have to deal with, and things that he obviously isn’t thinking about. In being a white, privileged male, it seems that Chester’s biggest problem is whether or not people accept his use of the offensive N-word.

Featured image courtesy of Chester Hanks Instagram.