LOS ANGELES — The son of famed actor Tom Hanks has come under fire after defending his repeated use of a racial slur on Instagram.
Chester Hanks, 24, posted a video after he was widely criticized for a caption that included the n-word.
“Now I understand the older generation who grew up in the Jim Crowe (sic) era might have strong feelings against this. And that’s understandable... But what I’m saying is this is 2015…” Hanks wrote underneath the video, which sites like Gawker and Papermag picked up.
Hanks, who also goes by the name of Chet Haze, posted the video Tuesday morning. In it, he argues anyone should be allowed to use the word.
But multiple Youtubers have taken to the internet to explain why it’s not acceptable for a white person to use the word.
“The word was created as a tool of oppression. Its historical context cannot be erased,” video blogger Chescaleigh said in a recent Youtube video.
Chester Hanks reportedly received his education from Northwestern University. He has released several hip hop singles, including “The Thirst,” which has more than 100,000 views on Youtube. His father, Tom Hanks, has not commented on the issue.