Tom Hanks' son Chet slammed for faking Jamaican accent in bizarre video following election results
ACTING legend Tom Hanks’ son Chet has been slammed for once again faking a Jamaican accent in a bizarre video following the election results.
In the video, the 30-year-old begins to show compassion for US election loser Donald Trump before revealing he's joking by randomly breaking into patois.
Speaking to the camera, it appears as though Chet is telling his followers to show some respect for President Trump.
However, he quickly breaks into a ‘psych’ and stars talking in a mock Jamaican accent calling the POTUS a “p***yclat”.
“P***yclat” is patois slang for menstrual sanitary pads.
His video quickly gained a mixed reaction from his 352k followers, with many commenting they weren’t keen on the accent.
One wrote: “This is the worst thing I’ve ever seen.”
“This makes me hella uncomfortable,” penned another.
A third added: “When white ppl do this I don’t find it funny,” to which another follower replied, “me neither. We celebrate white people acting black as if they’re better at being black than we are.”
“I will never get over the fact that Tom Hanks' son just woke up one day and decided to have a Jamaican accent,” also commented a fourth.
It's not the first time Chester ‘Chet’ Hanks has imitated a Jamaican accent. In January 2002 when congratulating his dad at the Golden Globes, he broke into patois to the surprise and shock of everyone.
The actor, who also goes by his rapper name Chet Haze, has previously come under fire for posting videos in which he uses the accent despite being a white American.
The self-confessed ‘black sheep’ of the family has battled cocaine and crack addiction, dealt drugs and had several stints in rehab.
Now clean, the 30-year-old actor and rapper with a love of dirt bikes and guns posts numerous pictures of his heavily tattooed, gym-pumped torso on his Instagram in between plugs for his band, Somewhere Out West and cute pictures of his four-year-old daughter, Michaiah.
But the Jamaican-style speech on the Golden Globes – which caused a storm on social media with people slamming his “white privilege” and accusing him of cultural appropriation – isn’t the first race row he’s sparked.
He also caused controversy on Instagram in 2015, with several posts claiming he had the right to use the ‘n’ word whenever he wanted.
It's a far cry from conventional careers of his parents, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, and his older siblings, actor Colin, 42, and celebrated writer Elizabeth, 37.
Speaking about his views on cultural appropriation earlier this year, Chet defended himself, asking: “Why are we so quick to be angry and tense over the blurring of racial communities, instead of just being welcoming towards it?”
Hanks and Wilson have one other son together, Truman, who was born in 1995.
The actor had a son, Colin (born 1977), and daughter, Elizabeth (born 1982), with his first wife, Samantha Lewes.
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