Tom Hanks is speaking out after The Daily Caller, a conservative-leaning news site, posted a video featuring the actor and the Eagles' Glenn Frey emceeing an event at the private St. Matthew's Parish School in Pacific Palisades in 2004.
Why did this come up? A guy wearing blackface in the video.
The ostensibly shocking footage shows a fellow parent at the school dressed in what apparently was his interpretation of an African tribal costume:
Hanks responded to the blackface video in a statement today:
"For years I emceed the annual fundraising auction for my kids' school. Back in '04, 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."
Hanks and Rita Wilson's youngest son, Truman, is 16, and has since left St. Matthew's, which only runs until eighth grade. The school had no comment.
"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 said.