Tom Hanks Slams Donald Trump's 'Locker Room' Talk: 'I'm Offended as a Man'
Tom Hanks did not mince words when asked about the lewd and graphic comments Donald Trump made in a 2005 video, in which the presidential candidate boasted that he can grab women “by the p—-” because of his celebrity status.
“I’m offended as a man. I’m not offended as a husband or a father, I’m offended as a guy,” Hanks said in an interview with the Press Association. “That’s just not right, I’m sorry. It’s not right at work. It’s not right in the locker room. It’s wrong. Period. The end. That’s all,” he added.
In the video, Trump can be heard describing a failed attempt to have sex with an unnamed married woman. “I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and f— her,” the real estate mogul said. During the 3-minute video, Trump can be heard continually using derogatory words towards women.
Shortly after the video’s release, Trump clarified his past comments in a statement saying: “This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course — not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.”
Asked whether he buys Trump’s labelling the conversation as “locker room talk,” Hanks responded, “Oh dear, oh no. He was at work, man. He wasn’t in a locker room, he was at work. He was showing up to do a thing on camera.”
The Oscar winner offered an analogy to help undecided voters chose a candidate this November: “If you have a horrible painful tooth and you need a root canal, who are you going to go see? A guy who says, ‘Oh, I think i can figure out how to do a root canal for you, lay down.’ Or are you going to see somebody who’s done 6,000 of them, has a degree on the wall and has a great history and expertise when it comes down to it.”
With his comments, Hanks joined a choir of other celebrities who have condemned Trump’s comments. His new film, Inferno, hits theaters Oct. 28.