Chet Haze Thinks He Can Say The N-Word, Has Moronic Explanation Why
Chet Haze, son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson (who must be incredibly embarrassed right now), has taken to using the n-word a lot these days. He uses it on Instagram, he uses it in his songs like the recently released “Juice” – and, unsurprisingly, he is getting called out for that. You know, because pretty much no one thinks the n-word is a good thing for a white dude to go around saying.
However, Chet Haze is sticking to his guns and has issued a video featuring a completely bizarre rationale for his use of the racial slur.
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.
This marks the second time in my life when I have had to tell Chet Haze to sit down – the first being when he came into a restaurant I worked at and was being incredibly obnoxious and rude and his (very nice) friend had to keep apologizing for him.
In the video itself, he claims that the only people offended by his use of the n-word are baby boomers who grew up during the Jim Crow era. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that this is all very incorrect. It’s hardly as though everything is OK now and that the fruits of the civil rights movement belong to rich white kids who want to be “free” to use racial slurs. That is not a thing.
Haze also insists that “hip-hop isn’t about race, it’s about the culture you identify with.” Which is also a bizarre thing to say – not to mention a thing that can only be said from a place of extreme privilege. You can appreciate other cultures – I happen to be quite fond of Appalachian folk music – but you don’t get to claim them as part of your identity. Additionally, appreciating them doesn’t give you the right to write the rules.
Even if, say, Chet Haze were not Tom Hanks’ son, and had in fact been raised in an all black neighborhood, this would not be acceptable. I grew up in a Jewish neighborhood and you don’t see me throwing the K-word around or wearing a fashion yarmulke. Being friends with me, liking my cooking, or enjoying the music of Frank Sinatra or Louis Prima doesn’t mean you get to call me a Dago! That’s weird. It is an incredibly weird thing to want to do.
In the blurb attached to the video, Haze says ,”It’s a word that can be used out of camaraderie and love, not just exclusively for black people.” Which, again, he is quite wrong about. What else is there to say? He’s astoundingly wrong. There are many words in the English language to use out of camaraderie and love, but there’s not a lot that’s too loving about white person using a racial slur that people of that race have repeatedly asked white people not to use.
Now. As the purseproud scion of Hollywood royalty, it is pretty unlikely that Chet Haze has ever been denied anything in his whole entire life. It must come as a shock to him that anyone would say there is anything he cannot have–and unsurprising that this thing becomes all the more desirable to him.
However, it is not that hard to not use a word there is almost no reason to ever use. There are lots of words we don’t use. When was the last time you heard someone use the word “rumbustical” to describe “making a clatter or disturbance?” Or “smouster” to mean “to eat clandestinely?” Or “gaberlunzie” to mean “a poor guest who cannot pay for his entertainment?” Probably not too recently! Unless Chet Haze regularly uses every single word in the English language, his argument has little merit.
I would encourage Chet Haze to take note of the privileges he does have, rather than the relative few that he does not. Perhaps instead of worrying about things like this, he can use said privileges to advocate for others instead of himself.