Tom Hanks is regarded as an American cultural icon and one of the most popular and recognizable films stars in the world. Rita Wilson, on the other hand, is a singer, songwriter, and producer from the United States. Chet Hanks, the son of these two icons, decided to open up about growing up as the child of a famous and beloved actor, and his vulnerability bit him back.
Earlier this week, the 31-year-old rapper/actor opened up on his new YouTube channel about “the truth about growing up as a Hanks.” Chet said repeatedly in the lengthy video that he feels “blessed” and “grateful” to have the parents he does, but that being the son of such an adored man is a “double-edged sword.”
He explained that what he really felt inside was “shame” for how “privileged” and “sheltered” he grew up, embarrassment for feeling “unprepared” to “deal with real life,” and insecurity about his self-worth. Then there was the self-destruction. Chet stated that he went in the polar opposite direction of how he grew up due to a plethora of resentments he was unable to manage.
According to Radaronline, he claimed that he always had the “it factor,” that he was handsome, talented, popular, and “good with girls,” which made him vulnerable to internet trolls. He stated that envy was a major factor in his negative childhood experiences and wishes he had had “a strong male role model” to tell him, “Hey, bro, f—k these people. They are just jealous of you.”
“Chet Hanks has a lot of problems. Ask Colin Hanks about the ‘strong male role model,’ he turned out fine,” read one of the thousands of tweets mercilessly mocking Chet.
“Just because you didn’t listen to your parents/dad, doesn’t mean that you didn’t have a strong male role. Take some responsibility of your own behavior.”
“Rough life, unless you compare it to: not being raised wealthy, having to pay back student loans, having to compete for a real job, not having health insurance, having to help your family out financially, etc.”
“Awww, poor privileged little rich boy! I can tell you many stories about my childhood and truly having no strong male role model growing up, but I’ve faced those demons and moved forward with my life.”
“Chet’s parents are well known in the industry as two of the most kind and down-to-earth stars in the business. I don’t buy what he’s selling. My guess is that they enforced rules and boundaries and Chet was having none of that.”
“He has disassociated from reality. I think he got called rich boy so many times that he’s taken on the stereotypical persona of trailer park wanna be rapper who grew up without a dad. Reality, [he] came from a loving home and when to top schools including, Northwestern.”
“Sounds like Chet wanted a father who would lie to him and tell him to keep doing whatever he wanted.”
“What is Chet’s definition of a ‘strong male role model.’ Because @tomhanks does have 3 other children, all of whom seem to be gainfully employed.”
Critics believe Chet is blaming his shortcomings on his father rather than accepting responsibility for his own actions, with many pointing out that “America’s Dad” has other children who do not appear to be as troubled. Let’s see how Chet responds to these Critics. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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