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Tom Hanks' Son Chet Defends His Use Of The N-Word

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Tom Hanks' son, Chet Haze, has declared it totally okay for him to use the n-word at his discretion.

Chet Haze—son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson and not to be confused with brother and Fargo star Colin Hanks—is pursuing his dreams of becoming a rapper. He encountered some Internet outrage after referring to his friend Chill as 'my n*gga' in an Instagram post announcing their new song, "Juice," TMZ reports. That song also contains the word, and a line about the proper way to sling a "d" when with a lady. He also used Instagram to refer to some other people as "hatin ass n*ggaz."

A lot of people don't think it's very cool that a white man whose father is one of the biggest movie stars of all time thinks he can throw that word around. Haze vehemently disagrees, and has taken to social media to try to defend his continued usage, claiming that hip-hop isn't about race and he is using the word because he identifies with the culture. (Note: the below Instagram posts are embedded and contain some profanity.)

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He then posted another video on Instagram, trying to defending himself some more.

He also does not care if you don't agree, saying on Twitter in ALL CAPS that he is a "walking PR disaster" who "literally [doesn't] give a single f*ck."

Guilty as charged.

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A few years ago, white rapper Yelawolf specifically said he would never use the word, and that white rappers shouldn't embarrass everyone by "doing that dumb sh*t."