Red Stater yanks Hanks’s chain

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

That no­to­ri­ous right-wing lu­natic Tom Hanks is in trou­ble again. What now? It seems that the Daily Caller web­site, a con­ser­va­tive or­gan, has dragged up an an­cient video of Hanks, a long­time huggy lib­eral, shar­ing a stage with a man dressed in black­face.

Hanks found him­self in this com­pro­mis­ing po­si­tion at a char­ity event for his child’s school in 2004. The of­fender prankster, dressed in afro-wig and boot-pol­ish, turns out to have been an in­vest­ment banker named James Mont­gomery. While he frol­ics in wit­less fash­ion, for­mer Ea­gle Glenn Frey (this is some school) com­ments that “This is as close to di­ver­sity as we’ll get at St Matthew’s”.

It is pretty dodgy stuff, but, given Mr Hanks’s record, one can only as­sume he was an en­tirely un­wit­ting ac­com­plice. The ac­tor has con­firmed that the cos­tume was

“hideously of­fen­sive . . . What is usu­ally a night of food and drink for a good cause was, re­gret­tably, marred by an ap­palling few mo­ments.”

The apol­ogy has not dis­suaded var­i­ous right-wing groups from de­mand­ing that Barack Obama re­move Hanks’s voice from a film pro­mot­ing the pres­i­dent’s re-elec­tion. Un­hap­pily for the red-meat brigade, Hanks has no up­com­ing films that they can boy­cott.

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