“I didn’t have a strong male role model”

Chet Hanks takes the word “nepotism” and flips the “t”. In a new YouTube video titled “The Truth About Growing Up As Hanks,” Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson’s son said he struggled as a child in his famous father’s shadow, not least because “I didn’t have a model strong man.”

Hanks tells the story speaking directly to the camera, keeping his shirt on for the first ten minutes so you know it comes from the heart. He begins by saying, “I’ve come a long way since ‘White Boy Summer,’ his bizarre ode to Caucasian masculinity that dropped less than a year ago.

As for her childhood, “My experience was even more complicated because on top of the already toxic notoriety, I wasn’t even famous, you know? I was just somebody famous’ son. I had done nothing to deserve any recognition.

“It created a lot of contempt for me,” said Hanks, who once insisted he was allowed to use the N-word. it created a lot of contempt.”

“People usually automatically assumed that I would just be a really arrogant spoiled brat,” the man who spoke in a fake Jamaican accent added at the Golden Globes. “Even though I really wasn’t. I’m really privileged but I haven’t been spoiled.

“My parents didn’t spoil me,” he repeated. “I only ever received money or an allowance. I had to work and earn everything I earned, it’s been like that all my life. Growing up, if I needed money to go out and have fun with my friends, my dad would say, ‘Okay, you want some money? Go wash my car, I’ll give you 60 bucks.'”

After all, who among us hasn’t worked out for 20, maybe even 30 minutes, and all for the low price of $60? “Everything was won,” he said.

“That’s what I didn’t understand when I was a kid,” Hanks added. “That these people were fucking jealous of me and projecting their own insecurities onto me. I needed to hear that when I was a kid. I didn’t have a strong male role model to tell me that, to tell me, ‘Hey buddy, fuck these people, they’re just jealous of you. You have all these things they want, so they try to shadow you to make you feel bad about yourself because they’re jealous.

In his reflective moments, Hanks reflects on his own “posture” that “led me down the wrong path” and the deep insecurities he is only beginning to understand. After ten minutes, he actually demonstrates his personal growth by putting on a shirt. Watch the video below.

Rebecca R. Santistevan