Comedian Joe Rogan has taken aim at the haka in one of his most recent podcasts.
In a podcast featuring actor Hannibal Buress, the discussion turned to the Tall Blacks’ performance of the haka before a match against the US at the FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2014.
The former Fear Factor host seemed confused as to why the haka was performed, then became scornful.
“This is ridiculous, they’re playing basketball. You’re playing NBA superstars you f**king dummies,” he said.
“It seems stupid. If you’re playing basketball, it’s stupid. It’s weird if you do all of that then get your ass kicked.”
Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox told NZME Rogan “has no understanding of indigenous culture in his own country or around the world”.
“Kiwis have made the haka their own and we perform it with pride. We’ve been doing it across this nation and across a number of sports for a long time.”
“Everyday Kiwis perform the haka because they love it and it brings pride to ourselves and our…