Chet Hanks’ parents, Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, are back on American soil having returned from Australia where they were being treated for COVID-19 for the past several weeks. According to USA Today, they are “on the mend,” and yesterday in an Instagram post, Rita called herself a “COVID-19 survivor,” which is a humble brag if ever I heard one. I fully expect Rita to record a cover of Destiny’s Child’s Survivor for her next adult contemporary album. Tom announced their return to the U.S. in a tweet saying they will “carry on with sheltering in place and social distancing” with the rest of America. So don’t expect to see Tom and Rita strutting around town shirt-shopping for Chet and trying not to bump into Ben and Ana.
Announcing their diagnoses on March 11, Tom and Rita were among the first high-profile victims of the coronavirus, having been tested after feeling sick while on location in Australia where Tom was filming Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic. Since then, we’ve been getting periodic updates on their condition, most notably from Chet, the family’s official Corona-spokesvirus. Here’s Tom’s tweet announcing their return.
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) March 28, 2020
USA Today reports:
As Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are on the mend from a battle with the novel coronavirus, Wilson is calling herself a “COVID-19 survivor.”
In a heartfelt post shared Sunday – a day after Hanks announced they had returned to the United States after fighting the virus in Australia – Wilson reflected on what the date, March 29, had meant for her over the years.
In 2015, she was starring in a Broadway play with Larry David when she learned she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Five years ago to the day, she was deemed cancer-free after a bilateral masectomy.
And here’s Rita explaining the significance of the date.
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This date, March 29, represents a time of great happiness. I was on Broadway starring with Larry David in his play Fish In The Dark before finding out I had been diagnosed with breast cancer. March 29 also marks five years of being cancer free after having had a bilateral mastectomy. I am so thankful for my health, for the doctors, nurses, friends and family who got me through that time. You, online friends, also need to be thanked because your prayers and optimism were felt deeply. And, so thankful for the blessings God has bestowed on me, then and now. One year ago on March 29, I was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a street, that as a child, I’d walk on an read all the names of the stars I admired, never believing one day my name would be on one of those stars. And one year ago today, I released my fourth album, Halfway to Home. Every day I get to make music is a gift. So much has happened musically in that one year. So much goodness. All of this would not be possible without good health. So, today, March 29, I am celebrating the beauty of this life, the blessings God has given , and my continued good health, even now as a COVID 19 survivor. Please take a moment today to acknowledge the amazing creation your bodies are and to thank it for doing so much.
Cancer schmancer. It’s not the day Chet came rapping out of the womb, so I don’t really see how it’s that big of a deal. And it’s honestly quite disrespectful of Rita to not acknowledge the hard work Chet has been putting in to save his family’s good name from slanderous accusations of QAnon conspiracy theory that puts Tom and Rita (along with Oprah Winfrey) at the center of an Illuminati plot using the COVID-19 scare as a smokescreen for a child sex-trafficking ring. But don’t worry, Chet’s on it!
Leave Chet and his shitty ass fucking furniture alone!