Chet Hanks called 'total douche' for anti-vaccine video rant against 'motherf**king needle'
Tom Hanks' son Chet, the universal connoisseur of 'White Boy Summer', dropped his two cents on the Covid-19 vaccine and left Twitter shocked. The controversial celebrity who was recently seen starring next to his dad in the film 'Greyhound', has oft drawn Twitter's displeasure with his radical views. So it came as a surprise to many when he began with a pro-vaccine stance in a recent Instagram video. Making a whole 180 turn, Chet clarified by the middle of the video that his words so far were all jokes, and declared he isn't letting anybody stick that "motherf**king needle". And that has left Twitter in outrage, with users dubbing him a clown, using emojis.
Social media's distaste for Chet's opinion on the vaccine results from both his parents being the first of many celebrities who contracted the virus in the early 2020 phase. Chet's impassionate rant against the vaccine matches views of staunch conservatives like Candace Owens, as well as medical professionals like Arkansas nurse Shanda Parish who doesn't trust the vaccine even after both her parents died from Covid-19. There's also an anti-vax theory going around that falsely misconstrues vaccines to be the reason behind the zombie apocalypse in Will Smith's 'I Am Legend'. And even though fact-checkers spend hours busting these pop culture-centric claims, anti-vaxxers like Chet are more common than one would expect.
Is Chet Hanks an anti-vaxxer?
Chet posted the original video on his official Instagram account in the late hours of August 9. The video opens with the actor and musician encouraging viewers to take action against the pandemic by taking the vaccine, before completely changing his tone with the "Psych, b***h" remark. "I've been on the fence about this for awhile," began Chet in a rather no-nonsense tone as he addressed the camera, continuing: "That's why I never spoke on it, but with the amount of people I know recently that have gotten Covid, and with the numbers rising, I think it's important for me to say I got the vaccine, I think everybody should."
Chet insists, "It's really important that we all do this," adding, "I suggest to all my followers, you guys, set an appointment and get the vaccine first thing —" Then he shifts gears to yelling at the camera, as he says: "Psych, b***h! If it ain't broke don't fix it!" Chet then continues with his rant against the Covid-19 vaccine, stating: "I never had Covid. Y'ain't sticking me with that motherf**king needle!" Halfway through the video, Chet reveals he always thought the virus was a hoax, calling the resultant disease "the motherf**king flu." He then urges Americans to "get over it" and also offered a quick fix solution for those who were sick or at high risk: "stay inside." Chet argued about people infected with Covid-19, "Why are we working around ya'll? If you're in danger, stay your a** inside." In the end, he whined: "I'm tired of wearing a motherf**king mask."
'Straight up clown'
Chet's opinion following his parents' Covid-19 ordeal from last year has seemed ironic to people on Twitter. Both Tom Hanks and his wife, and Chet's mother Rita Wilson were admitted in an Australian hospital for four days after they tested positive. The two had then gone into an 11-day quarantine before returning to their LA home, and continuing another extended lockdown. Although the couple isn't vaccinated as of April this year, they have not only expressed interest in getting the jab, but also donated their blood antibodies for virus research. That Chet makes such light of the vaccine despite millions dying worldwide has thus seemed deplorable to many.
"Chet hanks posting an anti-vax rant on instagram despite his parents both being among the first to get covid is just too good. what a failson lmao," tweeted a user. NBC's Mike Sington tweeted: "Chet Hanks, son of Tom Hanks, starts Instagram video encouraging getting vaccinated, then goes all psycho and turns into a raging, lunatic anti-vaxxer" Others laughed at Chet's father Tom, as one user quipped: "Tom Hanks had to have pissed someone off in a past life to have Chet Hanks as his offspring. That guy is a straight up [clown emoji]" Others also stated: "Chet Hanks brings nothing of value to this world. Not a damn thing", and "Chet Hanks seems like a total douche."
chet hanks posting an anti-vax rant on instagram despite his parents both being among the first to get covid is just too good. what a failson lmao— Sean “Jackhammer” Paine (@45Wonton) August 10, 2021
Chet Hanks, son of Tom Hanks, starts Instagram video encouraging getting vaccinated, then goes all psycho and turns into a raging, lunatic anti-vaxxer: “Y’ain’t sticking me with that motherf**king needle!” pic.twitter.com/KYjUN8sik6— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) August 10, 2021
Tom Hanks had to have pissed someone off in a past life to have Chet Hanks as his offspring.— NotKBWholesome (@KbWholesome) August 10, 2021
That guy is a straight up 🤡
Chet Hanks brings nothing of value to this world. Not a damn thing.— K E N N Y // still alive so far 🦄 (@jester1436) August 10, 2021
Chet Hanks seems like a total douche.— KoDean 🇨🇦🇺🇸🇬🇷 (@DeanKo) August 10, 2021