US “rapper” Bow Wow, reminded us that just because you are a celebrity doesn’t mean you have the mana (or prestige) to be deserving of a powhiri (welcoming ceremony). Whanau on Facebook and the ones TangataWhenua.com spoke to felt his arrogance was signal enough that he wasn’t worthy of such a welcome.
The teenager took to his Facebook to explain why he snubbed the indigenous Maori welcome saying that he had asked the group to preform “AFTER” he had finished shopping, saying:
I even told you to tell them perform after I grab my phones so I could check in w/ my family. I gotta 1 yr old too stupid! My moms & family imortant too. Respect that or nuffn. Stupid ass lady.” (sic)
What do you think whanau, was it just a miscommunication, or is it another example of cultural arrogance that we see of those who live in bubbles of celebrity, wealth and fame?
- Here is a linke to Te Kaea’s piece – have a look and tell us what you think:
Here was our favourite reponse to his ignorance from our fav Ninja:
(TV3) New Zealand’s TV3 reported that the kapa haka group waiting at the airport was left stunned, member Aaron Henare says.
“He was like ‘oh I don’t want to f-ing do this, i dont want any part in this at all, i just got off a flight, I just want to get out of here’.”
Bow Wow left to the Vodafone store 10m away where he was informed he’d broken Maori custom.
And they were like ‘oh well can they do it now’,” Mr Henare says. “When the lady asked me I said ‘does this reaction of our group look like we want to do it now?’”
Like others reporting his arrival I tweeted this last night:
“Bow Wow arrived in AKL, ignored Powhiri, walked straight to Vodafone shop. Kapahaka group refused to redo it and went home.”
But that tweet saw 3 News blacklisted when Bow Wow appeared at a West Auckland mall today.
His minders said Bow Wow was furious and he had powerful friends like Nicki Minaj and Snoop Lion in his corner.
However when Snoop visited New Zealand, he quite enjoyed his powhiri.
Bow Wow’s promoters said he had been given a tough time at customs and didn’t know how significant the powhiri was.
The rapper has since taken to Facebook to respond to the situation, and this story.
I hate when a mafuka try to speak on shit when they wasn’t there. Screw that reporter for running her mouth. How bout you talk about how i signed every autograph for every fan in that mall today. Or how about taking pictures w/ the under aged kids who cant get in my show tomorrow because they not 18. How about the great interviews i gave new zealand press outlets here today at my in store because they were more professional than the bullshit reporter stalking me in the airport with her microphone all in my face after a 4 hr flight. You think ima stop for you? i already dont like “Some” Media Outlets and this why i dont do interviews. Not one of my fans complaining. They love me! Just like i love them! As long as “My Fans” the ones who bought them tix to my show, the ones who sells out my concerts, i came for them. Long as they smiling thats all i care about. So save the bullshit. Its YMCMB and My New Zealand fans are fuck’n awesome and have been great. I ve been able to get out enjoy the city, nice spots to eat. he women are just how i like em. Far as im concerned im enjoying my time like crazy!! Tomorrow will be a packed house, full of love and positive vibes. I just might not allow no reporters to my show. Just photographers. hats just how the Dog feeling. WORD!” he wrote.
TW.com Eds: Actually last we checked, hundreds of “ex” fans took to his Facebook page to chronicle their disappointment, a simple apology might have been enough initially, but the continued arrogance shown, says it all doesn’t it.