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Tom Hanks’ son speaks out after his song was used by extremist groups

The actor and musician Chet Hanks 33, son of Tom Hanks It is Rita Wilson recently spoke out on social media after having his song “White Boy Summer” (white boy summer, in Portuguese), launched in 2021, used as a slogan by extremist groups to promote hatred and intolerance.

According to information published on Tuesday (2), in a report Global Project Against Hate and Extremism (GPAHE) – responsible for monitoring such propagations – the term has been transformed into a rallying cry for white supremacist groups with the intention of recruiting members and inciting violence against marginalized communities.

Additionally, the publication points out that posts with “white boy summer” and its abbreviation “WBS” have increased on the communications app Telegram, known for hosting several extremist groups.

Personalities such as author Jack Posobiec have also used the phrase publicly, waving a flag with the title.

Chet speaks out on social media

On Wednesday (3), the singer used his Instagram profile to take a stand on what happened and condemned its use for something that deviates from his real idea.

“White Boy Summer was meant to be fun, playful, and a celebration of white boys loving beautiful queens of all races. Anything else that has been twisted to support any kind of hate or bigotry against any group of people is deplorable and I condemn it,” he wrote.

In 2020, Chet was criticized by netizens on X, formerly Twitter, after his participation in the Golden Globes. On the red carpet of the awards, he was filmed imitating a Jamaican accent.

A year later, during the release of the controversial single, he received criticism again when he appeared wrapped in a Jamaican flag, for no apparent reason.

Watch the music video for “White Boy Summer”

Tom Hanks worked for Cher when he was a hotel employee



Source: CNN Brasil

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