Tom Hanks’ son, Chester, best known by his rapper name Chet Haze, has been getting some attention lately… And not for his music. Rather, a “Malibu’s Most Wanted” lifestyle choices.
The 24-year-old struggling rapper has been stirring up some controversy over the past few days for using the n-word in a song and in his day-to-day life. He’s received a lot of backlash- expectedly- on social media. Still, he continues to justify why he thinks it’s acceptable.
Haze seems to be under the impression that as a white guy whose involved in the hip-hop community and culture he gets a pass for using the n-word. Wrong.
The first post that caused attention was an Instagram post that he captioned:
“2 types of people in this world. Those who know exactly what it is they want and are doing everything they can to get it; and those who just wander aimlessly through life because they are scared to death of failure. I’ve lost a lot of so called friends cuz they turned out to be the second kind. F*** y’all hating a** n****z I’ll never stop chasing my dream.”
Besides the obvious issue here, how scared can Haze really be of failing? If all goes wrong, he has daddy’s millions to fall back on. He’s right…sounds terrifying.
Once Haze realized that people were upset at his poor choice of words and flooding his notifications with hate and criticism, he was determined to make people understand that he has a “right” to use the n-word. Following his original post with a second one that he captioned:
“If I say the word n***a I say it amongst people who I love and who love me. If I say ‘F**k y’all hating a** n****z’ it’s because that’s how I felt at the time. And I don’t accept society getting to decide what ANYBODY can or can’t say. That’s something we call FREE SPEECH”
And with free speech comes the option to criticize and throw hate at white wanna be rappers who feel the need to use the n-word.
But wait…there’s more.
“The way I see it, 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,” he continued.
Speaking solely on hip-hop history, his argument fails terribly once we realize that Eminem has won 15 Grammy Awards without ever saying the n-word on a track; even after 50 Cent gave him a public approval to say the word.
But do not fret, as passionate as Haze is about the word, and as much as he believes it works to unite people, he would never say it to a stranger. Phew, what a relief.