Willie Jackson on Rihanna’s disrespect

Willie Jackson comments on two stars and their differing respect or lack of it of Maori culture.

Pop princess Rihanna needs to have a good look at herself after covering up her traditional Maori moko just weeks after she got it.

To me that says more about the American singer‘s immaturity than the actual tattoo and the pain process she went through.

The already tattooed entertainer starred on YouTube when she was inked the old school way using a mallet and chisel.

That method is used around the Pacific and is extremely painful so I’m told.

You have to give her credit for going through that but now that she’s seen fit to cover it up, I can only wonder why she got it done in the first place?  

You do have to question why she has done a cover up. Willie also covers the difference between Beyonce and Rihanna…I think he calls me a red neck too.

Her behaviour is in direct contrast to the magnificent Beyonce who performed four sell-out concerts just after Rihanna performed at Auckland’s Vector arena.

The concert backstage crew, led by the fabulous young Maori singer Stan Walker, gave a spontaneous performance of the haka Ka Mate, Ka Mate for Beyonce after the show and she was totally overwhelmed.

So much so that she started mimicking the actions, jumped up and down and poked her tongue out.

Some sceptics and your normal rednecks thought Maori would be offended by her actions because in the past many of us have condemned people who have made fun of the haka or made a mockery of it.

He then points out examples of those mocking the haka, including some who were beaten up for it.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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