As viewers of the Golden Globes waiting in anticipation to see which of the nominees would win awards, and what celebrities would wear on the red carpet, something no one expected was for Tom Hanks’s son Chet Hanks to speak in a Caribbean accent at the award ceremony.

Chet Hanks, an actor and rapper who has starred in Empire and Shameless, was at the Golden Globes to support  father, Tom Hanks, who there to accept a lifetime achievement award. Twitter users rushed to joke about the cringy video Chet posted on Instagram where he speaks in the affected accent.

Journalist Nola Marianna Ojomu tweeted, “Why does Chet Hanks continue to embarrass his father like this? What did Tom Hanks do to deserve this messssss?! Whew chileeeeee.” Another Twitter user compared Chet’s behavior to Rachel Dolezal, the white woman and former NAACP chapter president who pretended she was black and still contends that she identifies African American.


Chet also came under backlash in 2015 for defending his right as a white man to use the n-word. In a deleted Instagram post, Chet wrote in a lengthy paragraph, “If I say [the n-word] I say it amongst people I love and who love me… And I don’t accept society getting to decide what ANYBODY can or can’t say. That’s something we call FREE SPEECH…  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.

In 2018, Chet apologized for saying the n-word, claiming that he was on drugs at the time. claiming that he was on drugs at the time. Chet has been candid about his substance abuse and his road to remission.

Now, however in 2020, Chet is making fun of the media attention surrounding his Caribbean accent.