“It’s This Whole Idea Of Theft”: Chet Hanks Drops His Patois Accent To Address Cultural Appropriation Claims

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"It's This Whole Idea Of Theft": Chet Hanks Drops His Patois Accent To Address Cultural Appropriation Claims
Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic
"It's This Whole Idea Of Theft": Chet Hanks Drops His Patois Accent To Address Cultural Appropriation Claims

Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

“Why are we so caught up on this idea of theft and stealing?” the actor said in a recent Instagram post.

Chet Hanks has shared a video of himself offering his thoughts on cultural appropriation amid releasing another video showing him speaking Jamaican patois.

READ: Chet Hanks Has Released A Song Following His Patois Rant At The Golden Globe Awards

Titled “Chet Chat Vol. VI (Part 2): Cultural Appropriation,” the video shows Hanks speaking on cultural appropriation without the accent. The video was posted to his Instagram late Tuesday. The actor offered a couple of examples related to appropriation, and also commented on the idea that white people have no culture of their own, calling the argument “confusing.”

“That to me is confusing because just look at all the different varieties of European cultures. . .Second of all, let’s assume that’s true, let’s assume white people have no culture, but if they did have a culture, what would that be like?” he asked.

 

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Elsewhere, he made an example between hip-hop music and countrry music.

“If you don’t have a problem with a black person wearing cowboy hats and cowboys boots and loving country music, then why do you have a problem with white people wearing braids and gold teeth and getting into hip-hop music?” he said. “It’s this whole idea of theft.”

“Why are we so caught up on this idea of theft and stealing?” he added. “…Why are we so quick to be angry and tense upon the blurring of racial communities, instead of just being welcoming toward it?”

Hanks’ bizarre accent first received headlines following his appearance at the Golden Globes last month.

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