It turns out no famous person—not even Tom Hanks—is safe from the Internet and its vast depths of potentially humiliating material.
The Daily Caller, a conservative-leaning news site based in Washington, D.C., has posted a video featuring Hanks and the Eagles' Glenn Frey emceeing an event at the private St. Matthew's Parish School in Pacific Palisades. No big deal, right?
Not if you don't include the white guy wearing blackface...
The ostensibly shocking footage shows a fellow parent—whom the Daily Caller identified as an investment banker—dressed in what apparently was his interpretation of an African tribal costume, complete with dark makeup on his face.
And Hanks performed with this guy? What does the two-time Oscar winner have to say for himself? This is Tom Hanks we're talking about...
"For many years I emceed the annual fundraising auction for my kids' school," he said in a statement obtained by E! News. "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."
There's been no response yet from Frey's camp.
Hanks and Rita Wilson's youngest son, Truman, is 16, so he has since aged out of St. Matthew's, which only runs to eighth grade.
"It is St. Matthew's Parish School's policy not to comment on any press inquiries regarding fundraisers or other school events," a rep for the school told the Daily Caller.
The school's annual auction appears to be a pretty swanky affair for the presumably well-heeled. Per the school's website, this year's big-ticket items include a tour of the Modern Family set, a week in Maui and four hours of babysitting from one family's otherwise full-time nanny, the "beloved Mrs. Young."