Chet Hanks, Tom Hanks’ Son, Is Facing Backlash For Using Jamaican Patois

Chet Hanks, Tom Hanks’ Son, Is Facing Backlash For Using Jamaican Patois

    Chet Hanks, Tom Hanks’ Son, Is Facing Backlash For Using Jamaican Patois

    Tom Hanks, call your son.

    Tom Hanks

    For the most part, Tom Hanks ‘ family is pretty low-key.

    Tom Hanks with his family, including Chet Hanks

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    Chet Hanks

    And then there’s Tom’s son, Chet Hanks

    Chet Hanks wearing a bright shirt posing for a photo.

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    Earlier this year, Chet posted a video of himself at the Golden Globes speaking patois, and captioned it, “BIG UP FIMI WHOL FAMILY SOON COM AT DI AWARDS NA SEEN 🔥 🔥 🔥 CHUNE IN.”


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    This week, the 30-year-old found himself defending his bizarre Jamaican accent after joining Clubhouse*.

    Close up of Chet Hanks wearing a suit

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    *Clubhouse is a relatively new audio app that is currently invite only and allows members to join chatrooms and converse with one another.

    Users on the app accused Chet of performing “verbal Blackface”:

    Someone just told Chet Hanks that he commits verbal blackface looooool


    Chet reportedly compared his use of a Jamaican accent to using an English accent after watching “a bunch of English gangster movies,” which did not go over well:

    chet started doing a british accent and everyone yelled “the english were not oppressed!!” i am crying 😭😭😭

    Some users felt he was mocking the accent instead of showing true appreciation for patois:

    If Chet wants to talk patois then come through talk it. But that’s not what this is about. I speak a little Spanish, and want to become fluent but I’m not going to put on Spanish accent in front of people for jokes. Whether *I* mean it as a joke or not is not important.

    Others found it odd that he didn’t use his Jamaican accent while defending his right to use it:

    not Chet Hanks speaking in his normal white man voice defending his right to speak in a Jamaican accent and Jamaican slang…..

    This user felt it was “about time” he got called out for it:

    Not Chet Hanks on Clubhouse defending why he needs to keep talking in a Jamaican accent and people dragging him…it’s about time

    Of course, there were plenty of memes…

    Chet Hanks on Clubhouse rn

    …and plenty of jokes:

    what if Tom Hanks speaks in a Jamaican accent at home what if that’s where Chet Hanks learned it from

    But really though. I would like to know this, also.

    In the end, Chet apparently conceded that he wouldn’t use Jamaican patois going forward:

    At 9:14 PM CST Chet Hanks says he has no intention to continue using the Jamaican accent he’s been appropriating. Shoutout to Clubhouse. Revisit this later.

    Others weren’t quite convinced:

    Basically Chet said he will no longer do patois but a new accent is being downloaded

    I guess we won’t know until his next Instagram video. Or Clubhouse visit ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

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