An Open Letter, Apology To CNN Reporter Jeanne Moos: Pacific Peoples Don't "Decorate Bums" Or "Rub Noses" For Fun
Dear Jeanne Moos,
I recently saw your short two minute piece on the Williams' family traveling to Aotearoa (New Zealand). When I heard you say "decorated bums" my ears gave into you and your quick commentary on this tattoo tradition that goes back many, many, years.
As a person who has reached elder status....I will take the opportunity to say that the reporting done by CNN journalist Jeanne Moos segment on Prince William's family's visit to Aotearoa (New Zealand) to me was disrespectful to the Maori culture and all indigenous peoples of the world. To see a seasoned reporter demonstrate such ignorance was appalling. Her so called "humor" reporting was racist with an underlining message that certain cultural practices are barbaric making her's superior - shame on her...
On the other note...I feel that Prince William and Duchess Kate were gracious and respectful to Maori protocol and the people. For them be bring out Prince George I think was a symbol of their sincerely. Prince William is definitely his mother's son.
Such a respectful and eloquent response, so proud that someone took the time to openly address what I felt was disrespectful towards to Maori culture and people.
As a polynesian I found the report to be distasteful and disrespectful to the Maori culture. If you're going to report on a culture you have no understanding or knowledge of, then I suggest you learn something about it before you make ASSumptions about it! Therefore making yourself look like an uncaring disrespectful ass! Joking about it, especially on the news, shows major disrespect to the people and their culture and only causes dissapoint and anger not only amongst the Maori people but with an entire race of polynesian people. The Duke and Dutchess showed their respect and knew of the Maori ways when they arrived. If I can learn of other cultures I'm sure you can too. After all, isn't it a reporters job to collect information and facts before reporting the story instead of just making something up when they see pictures and videos? Not a very good reporter if that's the case! There is this thing called the internet! All you have to do is research on who, what, when, where and why!!! Enough said!!! Just my opinion on the matter! So don't get angry or upset about it and try to bash it! I'm not even Maori but I still have respect for them. We were taught to respect other cultures and love our fellow polynesians! To Jean, much love and respect!
To Jean Melesaine,
You have found a new reader and "follower" in me. Thank you for your eloquent and educated response to that horrid piece. My response below, though Iʻd like to think it was as eloquent as I was writing it this morning at 1AM, was a tag harsh and angry.
But... you will not find an apology from me to CNN or Jeanne Moos beyond this:
"Duly noted. I do truth and love, and I am sort of (but not really) sorry if the tone of my blog offended the highly sensitive natures of the Anglo-centric Comedian Journalist Jeanne Moos or her followers at CNN."
Whatever you may have written directly to MOOS and CNN, and I would love to read it, should not be taken back with an apology. You do not apologize to a child who does not know better. You teach.
And you have taught them well.
My blog below:
"The Culturally Offensive Satirist" or "Another Stupid Racist Bitch"
...When the cultures of the English and Maori are shown... I SEE two very different cultures and leaders act with amazing dignity and itʻs really a tribute to both societies. All I HEAR is an IGNORANT, ANGLOCENTRIC CNN reporter named Jeanne Moos mock and belittle the cultural practices of an ENTIRE NATION. She puts down and degrades the dress and the Haka that the Maori people perform. This is a performance of strength, honor and welcome befitting a King.
She even slides a few more non-American cultures into her disgusting attempt at satire just to get her point across. (I say American because while this story is of the British Royal Family and their travels to New Zealand... Jeanne Moos is American) What was her point? Satire and Humor at the expense of a non-American culture.
My favorite part is when she sticks her uncultured, grotesque and painted face into the camera. She is so ignorant as to make fun of the "rubbing noses" as she puts it, that Prince William and the Duchess do with some Maori elders. The Hawaiian People, my people, are family to the Maori Nation. We have similar cultural practices. In Hawaii that exchange is called the "Ha" or "Breath of Life". That is a traditional way of greeting... by sharing your LIFE Force.
Do you know the term "Haole"? Do you know what that means... "NO BREATH" "NO LIFE".
This woman has no soul. No life. She is the epitome of "Haole".
After many "dislikes" and even a Change.org petition for an apology that reached more than 25,000 signatures, CNN has since forced her to "apologize"... and this was her lame, wormy, lifeless apology:
"...I do humour and satire, and I am truly sorry if the tone of my story offended anyone,” ...
I had to cut the rest of the blog as I am only allowed 3000 characters here. Please do me the honor of checking out my blog.
It takes great strength, compassion and thoughtfulness to turn such an ignorant and culturally incompetent (I use these terms in their literal sense, not as an insult) opinion piece as Ms. Moos' into an opportunity to educate her and those of us unfamiliar with the Maori people and their culture.
If all of us took the same care as you in their comments and responses to such media content, our world would be a much better place. Thank you for your example.
She has no culture JUST COLTS
Well done, Jean Melesaine, well done.
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