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This is PopBuzz's first time writing about Chet Haze and we're already fed up.

A little background, if you care to learn: Chet Haze, aka Chester Hanks, aka the third child of actor and nice dude Tom Hanks, is a hip hop artist now. Well, he's trying. To him, this involves having a Soundcloud with a few tracks, throwing the "n-word" around (more on that in a sec) and living some kind of consequence-free rich-white-kid "baller life".

Chet is currently wanted by London police, after reportedly causing around £1,200 worth of damage at the Arora International Hotel where he was staying. Sources say he had previously been kicking up a stink in the VIP section of a nearby club, before returning to his hotel with an entourage.

A source claimed: 'He was pretty ­obnoxious once he started drinking at the club. He kept saying 'do you know who I am?' Nobody was all that impressed and that was clearly annoying him. Nobody recognised him'.


This isn't even the first time this week that Haze has ben in trouble for just being awful. His Instagram account was temporarily suspended earlier this week, after the very white Chet posted a video defending his excessive use of the n-word under "free speech".


If I say the word nigga I say it amongst people I love and who love me. If I say "fuck yall hatin ass niggaz" it's because that's really 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. Now I understand the older generation who grew up in the Jim Crowe era might have strong feelings against this. And that's understandable... But what I'm saying is this is 2015... And even tho we are still far from where we need to be and black people are still being literally KILLED by a RACIST and fucked up system... We have also reached a point where the word can no longer have a negative connotation if we so choose. And who is to say only black people can use it? 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. What's the point in putting all these built up "rules" about it. It's time to let go. You can hate me or love me for it, but can't nobody tell me what I can or can't say. It's got nothing to do with trying to be a thug. It's about the culture of the music. And that's all I have to say about that (no pun intended) lol. It's all love. Some people will get it, some people won't. Either way, Ima keep living my life however the fuck I want. ALL LOVE.

A video posted by LA / WORLD WIDE (@chethanx) onJun 1, 2015 at 11:30pm PDT


Yep, that's Tom Hanks' son attempting to claim a racially-charged slur (basically, like, the top tier racially-charged slur) as a term that white folks like himself can use to display "camaraderie". Really.  

While it would be very easy to just ignore Chet Haze, and hope he gets bored of his hip-hop phase in favour of, maybe, an emo persona (my money's on him calling himself "xx_Ch3St3R_xx"), it's important to hold him accountable as yet another horrible example of the appropriation and attempted whitewashing of hip-hop culture. After all, it's not just Iggy Azalea who's responsible for this; though we painfully wish it was.

All that remains to be asked now is: where is this boy's father?


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