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Friday, November 03, 2006

just as well there's no American living in my house right now

to be honest i haven't read the entirity of this article yet (and it looks like the feedback is getting interesting too) but I was so busy rolling my eyes and making TCHHH! noises to focus on the screen. tu meke!!

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Blogger Lou said...

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Sun Nov 05, 04:47:00 AM  
Blogger Lou said...

...because she was so angry she wrote a sentence that didn't make sense...

Allow me to try again:

Lou said...
I think the most outrageous part is that it is a NZers doing it! And he says:

"It was spelled as one word at first because Americans might butcher the spelling and we wanted it pronounced right. We didn’t think it would get Maoris upset."

Excuse me? Wh-wh-wh-what? So many things wrong there... most offensively the fact that as a NZer he calls Maori Maoris (can't you just see him nodding at Fuckface's Orewa race speech and throwing money at the National election campaign way-back-when?), and that he - like so many people - acts as though cultural / racial slurs are only offensive to the minority race, not realising the rest of us 'non-Maori' NZers are not necessarily as culturally vacuous as he.

Sun Nov 05, 04:49:00 AM  
Blogger Bel said...

Yeah - fully - that was the bit I regurgitated to Cam, trying to convey my disbelief. Can you imagine someone over here attempting to build a Native American themed apartment block and dreaming for one second that they'd get away with it?!

I loved this: "we are trying to be sensitive" followed by the spokesperson then admitting they have no intentions of consulting with actual, ya know, Maori people or anything. Eww.

As a Wanganui girl, it came as no surprise to me however to see that Ken Mair & co had jumped in the wray to sort things out. Kia kaha!! haha :D

Sun Nov 05, 10:51:00 AM  
Blogger Leanne said...

How come it smells like raw sewage in my office right now? Is that a coincidence

Mon Nov 06, 09:42:00 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

The whole situation is a delightful farce, but one thing that pisses me off is the "...and possibly theft of intellectual property".

The idea that culture is a piece of IP to be owned is very dangerous, because if allowed to develop, could lead "Maori Inc" which would be far more damaging than any theme park.

Claims to a culture need to be fluid and bringing in formalisms like IP into it would be officially shit.

See also: No Logo.

Mon Nov 06, 09:19:00 PM  

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