Tom Hanks’s son Chet goes on anti-vaccine, mask rant on social media
Chet Hanks, son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, went on an anti-vaccine rant on social media.
“So um, just checking in. Look, I’ve been kinda on the fence about this for a while. That’s why I never spoke on it, but with the amount of people that I know recently that have gotten COVID and with, like, the numbers rising, I think it’s important for me to say, like, I got the vaccine. I think everybody should,” Hanks says in the first portion of his video.
“I think it’s really important that we all do this just as like citizens as Americans we have to look out for each other and get this shit under control, guys,” he continues. “I suggest to all my followers you guys make set an appointment and get the vaccine first thing.”
Hanks then brings the camera closer to his face and yells, “Psych b–ch!”
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! I never had COVID. You ain’t sticking me with that mother f—ing needle. It’s the mother f—ing flu. Get over it, okay? If you’re sick, stay inside. I’m tired of having to…Okay…Why we working around ya’ll? If you’re in danger, stay your ass inside. I’m tired of wearing a mother f—ing mask,” Hanks ends the video abruptly.
In a separate video, Hanks details an experience in Barns & Noble buying books where an employee pestered him for having his mask “a millimeter” below his nostril.
Hanks also posted a message to his followers stating, “THE VACCINE SHOULD BE A CHOICE NOT A REQUIREMENT TO PERFORM OUR BASIC RIGHTS YEAH I SAID IT !!!!! BE AS MAD AS YOU WANT IDGAF !!!!”
Social media users reacted to Hanks’ message with mixed reactions.
“CHET IS THE FUCKING GOAT!” Replied one Twitter user.
“Wtf I like Chet Hanks now,” said another.
“Idiot,” said someone else.
Chet Hanks is an actor and singer known for his reoccurring roles on hit TV shows such as Empire and Shameless. As a musician, Hanks goes by Chet Hanx and has a viral song entitled “White Boy Summer.”
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends masks be worn by anyone over the age of two years old regardless of vaccination status amid the rise in the deadly Delta variant cases. “Masks should completely cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of face without gaps,” according to CDC guidelines.