Hanks Calls ‘blacked Up’ Video ‘hideously Offensive’

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March 21, 2012 | 8:26am EST

Tom Hanks has spoken out to condemn the actions of a man who was caught on camera standing next to the actor at a fundraising event wearing black face make-up, calling the incident “hideously offensive”.
A video from 2004 has surfaced showing Hanks and Eagles rocker Glenn Frey taking part in a charity auction for St. Matthew’s Parish School in Pacific Palisades, California.

In the footage, the stars are shown standing next to a man who has painted his face black, and the video has infuriated officials at a conservative group called the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE).

CORE officials have even urged President Barack Obama to stop Hanks from narrating his documentary The Road We’ve Traveled, which focuses on the politician’s first term in office.

CORE spokesman Niger Innis says, “I call upon President Obama, who has Tom Hanks doing narration to his campaign video, to cease, to remove Mr. Hanks’ voice-over from his video, and end any association or affiliation with Mr. Hanks.”

The Hollywood actor has now addressed the controversy and spoken out against the actions of the man in the video.

He says in a statement, “In 2004, I was blindsided when one of the parents got up on the stage in a costume that was hideously offensive then and is hideously offensive now. What is usually a night of food and drink for a good cause was, regrettably, marred by an appalling few moments.”