Tom Hanks' 'Rapper' Son Defends Use of N-Word While Quoting 'Forrest Gump'

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Tom Hanks and his son Chet Hanks arrive at "Cloud Atlas" premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival held at Princess of Wales Theatre on September 8, 2012 in Toronto, Canada.

Tom Hanks' son Chet is, among other things, an aspiring MC who goes by the stage name Chet Haze (get it?). The 24-year-old also habitually uses the n-word on his Instagram -- so prolifically, in fact, that it's caught the attention of the media

 

Check out the song me and my nigga @chillthatdude just dropped on my Soundcloud #Juice LINK IN MY BIO #GoListen!!!

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Chet decided to take to Instagram last night (June 1) to defend what he calls "FREE SPEECH." (All caps all his.)

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"Look, I know the majority of y'all are not going to get this," he says in the below Instagram video, "because the history is still so fresh in our country. But hip-hop isn't about race -- it's about the culture you identify with.

"Can't no one tell me what I can't say," the Northwestern grad continued. 

 

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.

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In his considerably long caption, Hanks acknowledges that 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." Yet he insists that the racial slur no longer has "a negative connotation, if we so choose.

"Who is to say only black people can use it?" Hanks asked (unfortunately, rhetorically). "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.

"It's time to let go," said Hanks, who evidently has strong opinions about how to resolve society's inequalities. "It's got nothing to do with trying to be a thug," he added with characteristic sensitivity, before quoting his father's 1994 film Forrest Gump (and misusing the word pun): "And that's all I have to say about that (no pun intended) lol."

Billboard reached out to Tom Hanks' reps for comment.