The Kardashian family were again accused of cultural appropriation.
On Sunday, Kourtney Kardashian's ex-husband Scott Disick shared TikTok recordings of his daughter Penelope performing a Māori war dance with Kim Kardashian's children Saint and North and two other teenagers.
Many New Zealanders have described the portrayal of the ceremonial haka as "wildly inappropriate", "disrespectful" and "offensive".
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Controversial: Kardashians were accused of cultural appropriation after three family children and two friends performed a traditional New Zealand haka dance on TikTok over the weekend
The Cardashian children and their friends played ka mate, a Māori haka composed by Te Rauparaha, a war leader of the Ngāti Toa tribe on the North Island of New Zealand.
The All Blacks rugby union team has played Ka Mate at games for years.
The five young people stood on a staircase, staged the sacred dance and also correctly pronounced the words that accompanied the war cry.
Scott, who has 24 million followers on TikTok, shared the clip next to the headline: “TikTok, you don't stop. We have nothing on us! & # 39;
"TikTok, you won't stop": On Sunday, Kourtney Kardashian's ex-husband Scott Disick shared TikTok recordings of his daughter Penelope performing Ka Mate-Haka with Kim Kardashian's children Saint and North and two other teenagers
"That feels totally inappropriate": Some fans weren't happy with the traditional and culturally meaningful dance used in TikTok content
WHAT IS CULTURAL MEANS?
Cultural appropriation, in its simplest form, is when someone accepts something from a culture that does not belong to them. This could be a hairstyle or a way of speaking.
The Everyday Feminism website states: "In contrast to cultural exchange, which is a mutual exchange, appropriation refers to a" particular power dynamic in which members of a dominant culture extract elements from a culture of people who systematically were oppressed by this dominant group. "& # 39;
Some fans were not happy with the traditional and culturally meaningful dance used for TikTok content.
& # 39; Thought 2020 couldn't get worse? The Kardashians consider the haka to be a TikTok dance, ”one reviewer tweeted.
"My legacy better not be a fucking TikTok dance challenge. I don't care that they learned the true words instead of making up their own, that's sacred. Stop making cultures too appropriate, ”raged another.
A third wrote, "Gurl, shut up, the culture is appropriating and the Kardashians are notorious for it."
“Why the hell are the Kardashian West Disick kids making a haka about Scott's story? Does that feel totally inappropriate? & # 39; asked another.
Some fans couldn't understand why the Kardashians, an American family of Armenian descent, performed a traditional New Zealand war dance.
“Why did I just see a video of the Kardashian kids doing the haka? What's up? & # 39; asked one.
However, many Kiwis were impressed by the children's attempt to play the haka, which seemed to have been well rehearsed.
"My Legacy Isn't a TikTok Challenge": Some fans couldn't understand why the Kardashians, an American family of Armenian descent, performed a traditional New Zealand war dance
"That's ignorance and ignorance is problematic": Many Twitter users said the Kardashians were "notorious" for cultural appropriation
Some Māori leaders have defended the Kardashians, saying that the video could help introduce the culture to a global audience in a positive way.
“On the one hand, it's a great thing. On the other hand, I'd like to have a chat with them about what the haka means and what motivated them to do it, ”Matthew Tukaki, Executive Director of the Māori Council, told Star News.
& # 39; It has to be done with real intent. It's not just something that's good for Instagram or social media, "Tukaki added for clarification.
"They are aware of and value culture": Kardashian followers insisted that the clip was closer to cultural appreciation than to cultural appropriation or ridicule
In agreement with Mr. Tukaki, many Kardashian followers insisted that the clip was closer to cultural appreciation than to cultural appropriation or ridicule.
"You pronounced most of the words better than half of the people I know," emphasized a Kiwi.
Others said the video was simply showing children enjoying themselves and should therefore not be subject to scrutiny or debate.
The Kardashians are no strangers to controversy and have been accused of cultural appropriation countless times.
In October, Kourtney was beaten up for branding herself as "Moana" in photos of her sister Kim's controversial island vacation.
The character Moana was portrayed as a Polynesian girl in the 2016 Disney animated film of the same name.
Kim was also called to carry a traditional Indian Maang Tikka headdress for a church service in 2019.
A year earlier, she had raised her eyebrows by modeling long black braids and call them "Bo Derek braids", referring to the white actress.
Celebration: Kardashians are no strangers to controversy and have been accused of cultural appropriation countless times. For example, Khloé has been heavily criticized for wearing her hair in cornrows while on a family vacation in 2019 (pictured)
Similarly, Khloé has been heavily criticized for wearing her hair in cornrows while on a family vacation in 2019.
An angry fan tweeted at the time: “Having a black kid doesn't give you permission to have black hair, you know? I'm just saying … & # 39;
Kendall and Kylie Jenner were charged with cultural appropriation in 2017 over their clothing line's $ 145 plaid shirt worn in a style popular with Hispanics.
Controversy: The Kardashian family has been accused of cultural appropriation several times in the past. Pictured: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West with their children North and Saint
The Kardashians have yet to comment on the latest backlash.
While the family has no known ancestral ties to New Zealand, Khloé recently confirmed a new business partnership involving a kiwi company.
In October, the 36-year-old was appointed the new global spokesperson for the New Zealand-based collagen brand Dose & Co.
Ties: While the family has no known ties to New Zealand, Khloé recently confirmed a new business partnership involving a kiwi company. Pictured (L-R): Kim Kardashian West, Khloé Kardashian and Kylie Jenner on December 14, 2019 in Los Angeles
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