Tom Hanks is defending himself against "the Internet" after he took some heat for "manspreading," or taking up multiple subway seats.

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Hanks, 58, got flak for a January photo showing him taking up two seats in the midst of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's campaign to combat manspreading.

"I have an argument with the Internet because there I am on the subway and someone says, 'Oh, Hanks is doing the manspread. He's taking up ... too much space on the subway,' " he said during a halftime interview at the Knicks game on MSG Network. "I want to say hey, Internet, that subway car was half empty. I'm not a guy who's going to take up space. There were, like, 14 seats that were free. So all I was, was relaxing on the train ride uptown. So hey, Internet: back off."