Chet Hanks explains why anyone can use the n-word


Chet “Haze” Hanks, the son of beloved A-list actor Tom Hanks, got in some social media hot water yet again when he recently fired off an Instagram post that read:


2 types of people in this world: those who know exactly what it is they want and are doing everything they can to get it; and those who just wander aimlessly through life because they are scared to death of failure. I’ve lost a lot of so called friends cuz they turned out to be the second kind. F**k yall hating ass nig*az I’ll never stop chasing my dream


A couple of days prior to that, in a pic in which he’s hanging with a friend, he wrote, “Check out the song me and my nig*a @chillthatdude just dropped on my Soundcloud #Juice LINK IN MY BIO #GoListen!!!”

Chet’s attempt to decrease the hate backfire, as his use of the n-word didn’t sit well with a lot of peeps. In response, Hanks posted a video explaining why his hip-hop cred gives him a pass:

A video posted by ?LA / WORLD WIDE ? (@chethanx) on

Feeling the need to further explain his his position, Chet, who admitted back in November that he had been in rehab for addiction issues which included cocaine, was considerate enough to include the following deets:


If I say the word nig*a I say it amongst people I love and who love me. If I say “f**k yall hatin a*s nig*az” 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 fu**ed 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 f*ck I want. ALL LOVE.


Do you think Chet has a valid point?

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