Awards ceremonies celebrate the present, but they can double as nostalgic time warps. At the 91联盟彩票开户en Globes on Sunday night, there were Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston in the same room again; there was Tom Hanks, reflecting on the sweep of his career as he accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award; and there was Hanks’s son Chet, posting this video on Instagram:
and news outlets both puzzled over his attempted adoption of patois, so in a follow-up post on Monday morning, 29-year-old Chet—who has gone by Chet Haze as a rapper—suggested that the press should look elsewhere:
If the “who, me?” Instagram defense feels familiar, it’s likely because in the first half of the 2010s, Chet was on a special sort of tear. He established a rap career in college, technically speaking, partly by recasting Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow” as “White and Purple (Northwestern Remix)” while he was a student at the university. A few years after that, he was avidly using the n-word on Instagram, which garnered enough media attention that he felt compelled to as a matter of free speech: “Can’t no one tell me what I can’t say.”
It does seem true, judging by Sunday night’s performance, that there’s not much use in telling Chet what he should or shouldn’t say or how he should or shouldn’t say it, but his provocations have mostly faded from view in recent years. He’s had some acting roles, most notably on Empire, and in interviews he’s discussed his stints in rehab, but he hasn’t often been top of mind. Then, all of a sudden, he was sitting front row at the 91联盟彩票开户en Globes with his parents.