Kardashians Accused Of 'Cultural Appropriation' After Children Perform Māori Haka
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The Kardashians have sparked an outcry after posting a video on TikTok, showing their children performing the haka.
Kourtney Kardashian's former partner and father to her children, Scott Disick, shared a clip of his daughter Penelope performing the Māori war dance.
Scott and Kourtney's daughter was joined by two of Kim Kardashian's four children, Saint and North, during their other sons' Mason and Reign's birthday party.
Scott captioned the video: "TikTok ya don't stop. Ain't got nothing on us!"
Following the clip's debut, many were quick to call out Disick for 'cultural appropriation' and being 'disrespectful' to Māori culture.
One fan tweeted: "Thought 2020 couldn't get any worse? The Kardashians think the haka is a TikTok dance."
Another wrote: "My heritage better not be a damned TikTok dance challenge. I don't care that they've learned the real words rather than making up their own, this is sacred. STOP APPROPRIATING CULTURES."
A third said: "Why the f*** are the Kardashian West-Disick kids doing a haka on Scott's story? That feels wildly inappropriate?"
While many criticised the move, others said it could be beneficial in exposing their culture to the rest of the world, including Māori Council executive director Matthew Tukaki, who said he believed it was performed with good intent.
"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," Tukaki told Star News.
Tukaki added that it was great when Māori culture is shared online but within reason.
"It has to be done with true intent. It's not just something that's good for Instagram or social media," he explained.
It's not the first time the Kardashians have been accused of cultural appropriation.
Over the years, the reality stars have been in hot water for wearing traditionally black hairstyles, traditional Indian attire reserved for one's wedding day, and 'stealing' Japanese culture when Kim initially named her shapewear range 'Kimono'.
It was later renamed 'Skims' following a backlash from fans.