Tom Hanks' son Chet defends use of Jamaican accent

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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Chet Hanks attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Chet Hanks (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Tom Hanks’ son Chet has insisted he does not want to offend anyone when he speaks in a Jamaican accent.

The rapper, 30, has been criticised for speaking in Jamaican Patois in the past.

And in January he was accused of cultural appropriation over a video of him speaking in the accent on the red carpet at the Golden Globes.

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However, according to reports he has now defended himself during a chat on the Clubhouse app, which was shared online by a Twitter user.

Speaking to a group of other people on the audio app, Chet said: “Guys, it’s really as simple as this.

Chet Hanks & Tom Hanks attending the The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.Red Carpet Arrivals for 'Cloud Atlas' at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto on 9/8/2012 (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
Chet Hanks and Tom Hanks (Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)

“If I get on a binge where I’m watching a bunch of English gangster movies and I’m going around my day to day just ordering a coffee at Starbucks with my friend and I go (using English accent), ‘Oi, gimme a latte governor’, it’s not coming from a place where I go, ‘I’m going to s*** on these English people’.”

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“I’m not trying to offend anybody,” he added.

Chet Hanks, left, and Rita Wilson arrive at the InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes afterparty at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Chet Hanks with mum Rita Wilson (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Chet – the son of Hollywood star Tom Hanks and actress Rita Wilson – defended himself earlier this year in a video in which he claimed people were “caught up on this idea of theft and stealing”.

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He said: “If a white person gets into hip hop and they start getting braids and gold teeth, some people call that appropriation.

“But if a black person puts on a cowboy hat and gets into country music, there’s nothing wrong with that. Why would anybody have a problem with that?

“If you don’t have a problem with a black person wearing cowboy hats and cowboy boots and loving country music, then why do you have a problem with white people wearing braids and gold teeth and getting into hip-hop music?”

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