Taika Waititi Says New Zealand is ‘Racist as F**k’


“Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi slammed his home country of New Zealand in a new interview, calling it “racist as f**k” because of people’s disregard for proper pronunciation.

via Instagram / taikawaititi

“It’s racist as f**k,” Waititi, who is of Māori descent, explained to British magazine Dazed. “I mean, I think New Zealand is the best place on the planet, but it’s a racist place. People just flat-out refuse to pronounce Maori names properly.”

“There’s still profiling when it comes to Polynesians. It’s not even a colour thing – like, ‘Oh, there’s a black person.’ It’s, ‘If you’re Poly then you’re getting profiled.’”

via Twitter / NZHumanRights

He added that people in Auckland are particularly guilty of this behavior.

“People in Auckland are very patronising. They’re like, ‘Oh, you’ve done so well, haven’t you? For how you grew up. For one of your people.’”

Waititi was joined by Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, who compared Australia’s racism to that of New Zealand’s.

via TVNZ / Breakfast

In an interview with TVNZ’s Breakfast, Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy praised Waititi for his comments, saying it was “really brave leadership.”

“Good on Taika for having the courage to speak up and tell the truth. We need to understand that racism is an issue in New Zealand and what are we going to do about it.

“I think he’s being really honest. He’s showing humanity an action and highlighting an issue that he’s personally experienced. He’s championing the cause, he’s not doing it for any other reason, he believes in this and he’s experienced it himself. He’s just telling it like it is.”

via Twitter / NZHumanRights

Waititi, whose work in Hollywood brought pride back home, campaigned against racism last year in a tongue-in-cheek video that invited Kiwis to “give nothing” to it.

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