Kardashians accused of cultural appropriation after kids perform Māori haka

14 December 2020, 09:52

Kardashians accused of cultural appropriation after kids perform Māori haka
Kardashians accused of cultural appropriation after kids perform Māori haka. Picture: Getty

Social media users called the video featuring Kim and Kourtney's children "disrespectful".

The Kardashians have come under fire once again after Kim and Kourtney's children performed a traditional Māori haka on TikTok over the weekend.

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Kourtney Kardashian's ex-boyfriend Scott Disick shared the video of his daughter Penelope performing the ceremonial New Zealand dance alongside Kim Kardashian's children Saint and North, and two other children.

Social media users called the video featuring Kim and Kourtney&squot;s children "disrespectful".
Social media users called the video featuring Kim and Kourtney's children "disrespectful". Picture: Instagram/Scott Disick

"TikTok ya don't stop. Ain't got nothing on us," Scott captioned the video, which sees the children perform a rendition of Ka Mate, a war dance the All Blacks perform before their games, before attempting a war cry.

The video didn't go down well on social media, however, as many people accused the family of appropriating culture and disrespecting the scared tradition.

"Look I know those Kardashian kids are KIDS, but why is a sacred tradition and ‘dance’ of my Māori culture being put on tik tok like its a trend? That doesn’t sit right with me," wrote one.

"This is so f**king disgusting. My culture is not your f**king trend. I've officially lost all respect for America. STOP BEING DISRESPECTFUL YOU UNCULTURED IDIOTS," said another.

Speaking to Star News, Māori Council executive director Matthew Tukaki said the video could provide good exposure for Māori culture.

"On the one hand, it's a great thing. On the other hand, I would love to have a conversation with them about what the haka means and what motivated them to do it."

He added, "It has to be done with true intent. It's not just something that's good for Instagram or social media."

At the time of writing, the Kardashian's are yet to respond to the backlash.

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