chet-hanks-clubhouse-jamaican-patois-verbal-blackface

YouTube/Access

Black folks flame Chet Hanks on Clubhouse for his Jamaican ‘blaccent’

'I have no ill intentions, and I'm just being myself.'

Dec 3, 2020, 1:10 pm

Internet Culture

 

Kahron Spearman

Chet Hanks, son of Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks, keeps finding himself flamed over his Jamaican “blaccent” and has decided to die on this particular hill in defending it. Now, on the social media app Clubhouse, he continues his defense of the racist “verbal blackface” title. 

Featured Video Hide
Advertisement Hide

In fragments of a session within a Clubhouse “room” this week, Hanks, 30, defended his egregious use of patois, stating: “I have no ill intentions, and I’m just being myself.” 

Right, so then as a comparison, he says: “If I get on a binge or if I’m watching a bunch of English gangster movies and I’m just going about my day-to-day business like ordering a coffee in Starbucks and be like *mimicks Cockney accent* ‘Gimme a latte!'”

Advertisement Hide

For one, if, in fact, he does this, it’s patently weird. Secondly, as the other speakers on Clubhouse reminded him, white English gangsters typically were not (or are not) being discriminated against for their race or ethnicity.

Advertisement Hide

During the Clubhouse chat, Hanks was actually defended by a Jamaican person who said some are happy that Tom’s son embraces their culture. However, this wouldn’t be unlike some indigenous Americans not being offended by a racist team name.

Actress Kelechi Okafor described Hanks’ defense of his “blaccent” as “white privilege in action.”

“I notice how he got more ‘clueless’ as the room grew. He loves the attention,” Okafor tweeted.

Advertisement Hide

Ultimately Hanks’ defense, and reasoning for it, fell way short of muster, and the ridicule came in like his patois: heavy-handed and out of pocket. Twitter went off.

Advertisement Hide
https://twitter.com/leefin_a/status/1332161430381015041
Advertisement Hide
https://twitter.com/TheJessieWoo/status/1334335159206879233
Advertisement Hide
https://twitter.com/I_Am_TamRoe/status/1334346177354080259

As Twitter users showed, Jim Carrey, as Canadian rapper Snow doing a spoof of “Informer,” continues to provide comedy and the closest approximation for Hanks’ Clubhouse performance.


Today’s top stories

‘We are not a match’: Internet loves Bumble match who turned Capitol rioter over to feds
The origin of ‘You need to leave’ on TikTok and the importance of context
‘I’ll call you out any day’: TikToker star confronts ‘creepy’ man taking photos of her at airport
Sign up to receive the Daily Dot’s Internet Insider newsletter for urgent news from the frontline of online.

Share this article
*First Published: Dec 3, 2020, 1:10 pm