Chet Hanks, the son of Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks, has come forward to apologize for pushing for his right to use the N-word.
The young rapper admitted that he was wrong and blamed the misguided push for the N-word on the pressure of being Tom Hanks’ son as well as drug-related problems.
“I know a lot of y’all understood the point I was trying to make, but the truth is it’s not my place to speak on it and I’m genuinely sorry for the people that I offended,” he said.
He went on to say that he’s recently completed a stint in rehab for a cocaine addiction that got so severe that his nose was clogged. He blamed, among other things, the problems associated with being the son of a celebrity for his drug problems but admitted that his position on the N-word, while drug-induced, was still incorrect.
Hanks, 25, also confessed to selling cocaine and smoking crack prior to entering rehab.
In June, Hanks, an aspiring rapper, made headlines after posting several Instagram videos defending his right to use the N-word.
I only say this to show y’all how real it is, not to glorify anything I’ve done. There’s nothing glorious about bringing yourself closer to death and prison with each day of active addiction. I’m just giving y’all the raw realness to let y’all know that this shit here really is not a game. It’s life or death. And the solution is Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and the surrendering of your will and your life over to a Higher Power of your own understanding.
“If I say the word nigga I say it amongst people I love and who love me, Chet wrote. “If I say “f*** yall hatin a** ni***” it’s because that’s really how I felt at the time.”
Source: The Grio