In a chaotic clubhouse performance, Chet Hanks defends his use of speech in a Jamaican patois.
The son of Tom Hanks has recently made controversial headlines for speaking with a Jamaican accent even though he is not from there. In addition, a white man who embodies the dialect of a black community has not been well received.
The Clubhouse is a social media application where users can go to different rooms to listen or participate in a conversation.
Hanks, 30, was found on December 3 in a chat room on the app when he defended his use of patois by saying “I have no bad intentions and I’m just being myself.
“It really is as simple as this,” he said in snippets that he shared on Twitter.
“When I get a binge, or when I watch a bunch of English gangster movies and just want to go about my daily business, like ordering coffee at Starbucks, I’m like *imitating Cockney accent* ‘Gimme a latte!
“This isn’t coming from a place with ‘Oh, I’m gonna s*** these English people, you know what I mean?”
Someone in the chat pointed out that the English, unlike the Jamaicans, were never oppressed.
He then tried to prove his point by imitating a black British accent, referring to the Top Boy series.
“I’m not trying to insult anybody,” he said.
During the interview, Hanks was once defended by a Jamaican who said many people were happy to see him embrace their culture.
Hanks’ name began to spread on Twitter, where clubhouse users discuss the conversation and where those who are not in the app join the discourse.
Twitter user Kelechi Okafor has described Hanks’ defense of his use of patios as a “white privilege in action.
“I notice how he became more and more ‘clueless’ the larger the space became. He loves the attention,” she twittered.
The conversation with Chet Hanks is a “white privilege in action.
He can go to hell and take any misguided BW who stands on stage and defends him.
– Machine Gun Kele (@kelechnekoff) December 3, 2020
Another person added, “Someone just told Chet Hanks that he’s committing verbal blackface bullshit.
Someone just told Chet Hanks that he’s committing verbal blackface looooool
– Sigtryggr (@mikes_yk) December 3, 2020
“The irony of Chet Hanks using his quiet ‘white’ voice to defend his use of patois and a Jamaican accent. If that’s your voice, use it all the time, big man,” said another Twitter user.
The irony of Chet Hanks using his quiet ‘white’ voice to defend his use of patois and a Jamaican accent.
If that’s your voice, use it all the time, big man.
– a panorama???? (@haaniyah_) December 3, 2020
The rapper was also accused of cultural appropriation when he publicly posed as a Jamaican accent in the Golden Globes earlier this year.
Hanks was in the news last month after the election results when he was criticized for using the patois in a bizarre tirade about President Donald Trump.
Washington Newsday has asked Hanks’ representative to comment.