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Footage of Pākehā people at an America’s Cup party pulling pūkana faces at the camera has gone viral on social media, labelled as a “shameful” example of “cultural appropriation”.
The footage was initially shared by Belgian DJ Netsky who has since removed it and publicly apologised for the post.
Internationally reknowed DJ Netsky was working at the party, which took place on a private yacht docked in Auckland, when he filmed the video.
In the footage, a number of Pākehā people can be seen pulling pūkana faces at the camera and using a stick as a taiaha.
As a heteronormative white cis male, I am not allowed to have an opinion on if something is racist or not, I just have to wait for the outrage on twitter to let me know.
But if I was allowed an opinion, I’d suggest this.
That this is a bunch of white kids celebrating NZs win with the the celebratory images they see of Māori that we wrap all our tourism branding up in.
I saw a mock haka, not a mocking of the haka.
That we are now utterly incapable of nuance thanks to woke lynch mobs is testament to how much we are actually losing from cancel culture.
This was a bunch of white kids excited NZ won the America’s Cup and celebrating in a manner that is quintessentially kiwi. Were they dumb and had no real knowledge of the culture they were trying to emulate? Of course, but were they cross burning haters of the Māori culture? Of course not, and to try and conflate their actions to racism is a smack in the face to real and actual racism.
Maori are 380% more likely to be convicted of a crime and 200% more likely to die from heart disease and suicide. Maori are paid 18% less and 34% leave school without a qualification. Maori die earlier and suffer more.
Changing that takes more than hashtag lynching someone you don’t know on twitter.
Twitter outrage is righteousness porn for the middle classes. It is the Opiate of the mortgage free and perpetually woke.
We need to be kinder to people and crueler to Corporations!
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