Chet Hanks keeps calling for a white boy summer – and he really needs to stop | Arwa Mahdawi

Chet Hanks keeps calling for a white boy summer – and he really needs to stop | Arwa Mahdawi

The Guardian

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In a clumsy attempt to create a new trend, the son of Tom Hanks has created a range of merchandise and laid out his ‘rules and regs’. But no one actually knows what he means

First there was hot girl summer, then there was Christian girl autumn, now we’ve been cursed with white boy summer.

If you found that sentence completely incomprehensible then allow me to congratulate you on being a member of the exclusive “brain not yet completely broken by the internet” club. Those of us not in that club will immediately know that hot girl summer was a 2019 meme started by the rapper Megan Thee Stallion about having a carefree summer. This was followed by Christian girl autumn, a meme poking fun at “basic” women who like pumpkin spice lattes and Instagramming themselves apple-picking. Meme-based seasons were cancelled during the pandemic when days blurred into one another and time ceased to have any meaning. Now that there’s hope, the worst could be over. However, Chet Hanks, the 30-year-old son of Hollywood actor Tom, is clumsily trying to revive the trend. “I just got this feeling man … it’s about to be a white boy summer,” Chet Hanks told his Instagram followers a couple of weeks ago. Not in a racist kinda way, he clarified. But in a white male rapper sort of way. “You know what I mean?”

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