Chet Hanks Patois Cultural Appropriation Controversy Explained

Tom Hanks’ son, Chet Hanks, once again finds himself embroiled in controversy, and it’s starting to look like a role model for the actor. Fresh off Season 3 of Atlantain which he sported a strange Trinidadian accent, Hanks was grilled by Ziwe Fumudoh on his talk show regarding his repeated use of the Jamaican dialect Patois.

The rapper took the ire of the internet when he spoke out in patois at the 2020 Golden Globes. While people rightfully criticized him for his cultural appropriation, Chet Hanks didn’t appreciate the comments. He addressed them in the caption of an Instagram post, again speaking in the Jamaican language:

“To everyone who still sucks about pree dis appropriation… y’all can ‘own’ deez n*tz.”


Chet Hanks refuses to apologize for cultural appropriation

I asked Chet Hanks if he wanted to apologize to marginalized communities https://t.co/EEzD9VrtNs

While interviewing Chet Hanks, the former Desus & Mero Writer Ziwe Fumudoh didn’t shy away from asking uncomfortable but relevant questions. She asked:

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

After a long comic pause, Chet Hanks eloquently replied, “Nah.” He added:

“I don’t feel like I really did anything offensive. So I’m not doing it.”

He nodded to Ziwe, repeating his past explanation that he didn’t “see this as cultural appropriation”, but rather as a “celebration of culture”. He then agreed with Ziwe’s following comment, saying:

“Yeah, yeah…yeah!…No, I agree one hundred percent. Social Justice Warriors can kick rocks.”


How does Chet Hanks explain his point of view?

Chet Hank’s “White Boy Summer” speeches have often drawn criticism from politically correct netizens. In a nearly five-minute video, Hanks explained his stance on why he doesn’t consider speaking Patois to be “cultural appropriation.”

He first compared his controversial patois accent to black snowboarding, implying that snowboarding was primarily a sport for white people. However, he backtracked on the comparison when she didn’t quite get his point.

“People say snowboarding is a terrible example because you can’t compare a sport to people’s hair. If you focus on what I said about snowboarding as a sport, you’re missing the point. “essential. I didn’t mean it as a sport, I meant it as a reference for a community that surrounds it. The community that surrounds snowboarding is predominantly white.

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He continued:

“The other response I’ve seen is people saying white people don’t have a culture. For me, it’s confusing because you just have to look at all the different varieties of European cultures. .. Second, let’s assume that’s true, let’s assume white people don’t have a culture, but if they had a culture, what would that be like? “

Chet Hanks criticized the double standard of people not blinking when black people “[wear] cowboy hats and cowboy boots and [love] country music,” but labeling white people “wearing braids, gold teeth, and getting into hip-hop music” as appropriation.

His closing remarks questioned the whole ordeal of labeling what he sees as borrowing from cultures as “stealing and theft”, saying:

“It’s this whole idea of ​​stealing. Why are we so caught up in this idea of ​​stealing and stealing? Isn’t it just as easy to see it from another perspective, that is, say people like what they like, they like what they like? they like, and no one should have a problem with that. Why are we so quick to get angry and tense at jamming racial communities, instead of just being welcoming to him?”

The latest interview with Chet Hanks could still stoke the fire among Internet users.


Edited by Mohini Banerjee

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