Chet Hanks defends cultural appropriation during sit-down with Ziwe

Chet Hanks is the latest guest to land in the hot seat on comedian Ziwe’s late-night variety show of the same name on Showtime. During his performance, the actor-turned-Instagram-threat and self-proclaimed fitness guru was grilled about his most prominent and enduring hallmark: being an unabashed culture vulture.

“Are there any marginalized communities that you would like to apologize to?” Ziwe asked her guest. “I don’t know, maybe the patois community?” Hanks — who for some reason often slips into Jamaican patois despite being raised in Los Angeles as the son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson — declines the offer of remorse, saying, ” No, I don’t feel like I’ve actually done anything offensive, so I don’t do it.”

However, Hanks doesn’t seem to really come into the public eye until after he’s done something, well, offensive. Last year there was a threatening declaration that the summer of 2021 would be a “White boy’s summer‘ – the kind that contained a strange Venn diagram that placed him, Jon B and Jack Harlow in the overlapping middle. Then there was the loud anti-vaccination He delivered while yelling at his phone while parked at a gas station. And recently, Hanks appeared in Donald Glover’s FX series Atlanta with a shiny new Trinidadian accent he’d… picked up somewhere.

When Ziwe asks how Hanks’ version of a summer for white boys is “different from the last 400 summers in American history,” Hanks concludes that maybe it isn’t. He distracts and asks the hostess if she’s trying to make him nervous. But the exchange fits less with Harlow’s flirtatious, viral red carpet encounter with Saweetie than with a train wreck you can’t look away from.

Ziwe asks, “Are you afraid of Black women?” His answer? No… but maybe he should be.


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♬ Original sound – ziwe

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Brian Lowry

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