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- Tom Hanks did not condone pedophilia in a video clip shared on Instagram.
- The clip shows Hanks in a 2011 “Jimmy Kimmel Live” sketch that mocked the reality television series “Toddlers & Tiaras.”
- "Toddlers & Tiaras," which aired from 2009 to 2016 on TLC, was criticized throughout its run for sexualizing young children competing in beauty pageants, wearing costumes and performing routines that were considered overly adult in tone.
An Instagram post claims to show proof that the actor Tom Hanks supports pedophilia.
The Jan. 3 post showed a snippet of Hanks clapping his hands and shouting "sexy baby" at a child walking down from a stage.
The video’s caption said, "Tom Hanks Not Even Trying To Hide It," and includes several hashtags, such as #epstein and #ghislanemaxwell, referring to Jeffrey Epstein, a financier who died in jail in 2019 before being tried on sexual abuse and sex trafficking charges, and Ghislaine Maxwell, a friend of Epstein who in June was sentenced to 20 years in prison for conspiring with Epstein to sexually abuse minors. The post misspells Maxwell’s first name.
The Instagram post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)
The post takes Hanks’ clip out of context. It’s from a sketch the actor did in 2011 for the late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live," satirizing the reality television series "Toddlers & Tiaras."
"Toddlers & Tiaras," which aired from 2009 to 2016 on TLC, was criticized throughout its run for sexualizing young children competing in beauty pageants, wearing costumes and performing routines that were considered overly adult in tone.
The sketch mocked the reality show; it did not endorse pedophilia.
It featured Hanks as an overbearing father obsessed with a fictional daughter named Sophie winning a nonexistent child beauty pageant called "Miss Ultimate Sexy Baby Nevada."
We rate this claim about Hanks as Pants on Fire!
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U.S Department of Justice, Ghislaine Maxwell Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Conspiring With Jeffrey Epstein To Sexually Abuse Minors, June 28, 2022
PolitiFact, "Another Tom Hanks hoax about unfounded criminal allegations," July 23, 2020
PolitiFact, "No, Tom Hanks’ name is not on Jeffrey Epstein’s flight logs," July 31, 2020
The New York Times, "Giving Up the Guilty Pleasure of ‘Toddlers & Tiaras,’" Oct. 21, 2011
People, "'Toddlers & Tiaras' Controversy: Are They Growing Up Too Fast," Sept. 14, 2011
Insider, "The Five Biggest Controversies To Hit 'Toddlers And Tiaras,'" Sept. 17, 2012
Heavy, "Elizabeth Ann Hanks, Tom Hanks’ Daughter: 5 Fast Facts," Oct. 10, 2022
PolitiFact, "What is QAnon, the baseless conspiracy spilling into US politics," Aug. 27, 2020
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