LOS ANGELES – Instagram apologized for deactivating the account of Tam Hanks' son Chester "Chez" Hanks after the wannabe rapper repeatedly used the "n-word' in his posts.
"When reviewing reports from the Instagram community, we do not always get it right and we wrongly removed this account," a rep for the social media company told FOX411. "As soon as we were made aware, we reactivated the account and restored the content."
The Northwestern graduate and aspiring rap musician ignited has ignited a storm of controversy for his frequent use of the "n-word" on social media, followed by a post on Instagram Tuesday night in which he defended his use of the term as his right to “free speech.”
“I don’t accept society getting to decide what ANYBODY can or can’t say. That’s something we call FREE SPEECH. Now I understand the older generation who grew up in the Jim Crow era might have strong feelings against this,” Chez wrote, in reference to the name frequently used to characterize the segregation laws, rules, and customs which originated after Reconstruction ended in 1877 and ensued through to the mid-1960s.”But what I’m saying is this is 2015… And even tho we are still far from where we need to be and black people are still being literally KILLED by a RACIST and f**ked up system… We have reached the point where the word can no longer have a negative connotation if we so chose.”
“It’s a word that unifies the culture of HIP-HOP across ALL RACES, which is actually kind of a beautiful thing,” he claimed.
Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5WPR, Chet Hanks says Hanks of course has the right to use any offensive words because of the First Amendment, but “having the right to say something does not mean it is right to say it.”
Steve Baltin, a popular culture and music expert for Rolling Stone, told FOX411 that Chez’s line of argument doesn’t necessarily speak of “white privilege” as many critics are saying, “as much as just poor decision making and foolish youth.”
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