What’s wrong with this woman?? Ohhhh, right: being a far-right wingnut means you can’t enjoy mostly-naked men dancing in front of you because it’s so culturally “weird” to you.
Hate mail from angry New Zealanders is landing on the desk of a Danish MP who ridiculed her Maori welcome.
Right-wing politician Marie Krarup dubbed the powhiri an “uncivilised” ritual, and marae a “grotesque” mark of multicultural worship. Krarup, in an opinion piece in Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende, said she was shocked to be welcomed by a dancing, barely-clothed man, instead of a handshake or salute.
“When we came to a naval base, we were not received with a handshake or salute by uniformed men as usual,” she wrote. “No, we were welcomed with a Maori dance ritual, with a half-naked man in grass skirt, shouting and screaming in Maori.” Krarup, who was in New Zealand on a defence committee visit in March, said the man performed “strange rituals and poked his tongue out”.
She said she felt like an “idiot” when giving a hongi, and was relieved to catch a big kiss on the cheek by one man instead of the traditional nose touching.
When it was time to sing, Krarup said the waiata sounded like a Danish children’s song about a happy ladybird. She said it was accompanied by a “kindergarten-teacher-guitar-accompaniment”.
The marae, or “Maori temple”, was a form of cultural self-destruction, according to Krarup. “It was decorated with God-figures with angry faces and large erect penises,” she said. “It’s a mystery to me how the poor naval officers could endure both the ceremony and the surroundings.”