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NCT 127 Accused Of Cultural Appropriation After Sampling Maori Haka


K-pop group NCT 127’s song “Simon Says” sparked mixed sentiments in New Zealand after it was accused of appropriating parts of traditional Maori prayer karakia.

“‘Simon Says’ by NCT 127 has been watched nearly 7 million times, but not everyone’s a fan,” wrote New Zealand’s television channel TVNZ, Thursday.

TVNZ quoted professor Aroha Mead of New Zealand’s Maori Centre of Research Excellence, that the te reo Maori words, “Ttuturu o whiti whakamaua kia tina,” featured at the beginning of the K-pop song “Simon Says,” are “... very empowering and affirmative respectful words” and that “If this song is not carrying on that spirit ... then they have used it inappropriately.

Music video for “Simon Says” was uploaded on YouTube on Nov. 22 and seven days later as of Friday morning, it has been watched more than 7.75 million times.

Opinions on the song’s “cultural appropriation” is divided, with one side arguing the difference of being inspired by a culture and using it without sufficient knowledge, and another side saying the K-pop song helped promote the Maori culture to the global audience.

Some have petitioned online for the K-pop group to take out the karakia part from “Simon Says.”

The song is the title track of NCT 127’s first repackaged album that contains 14 tracks in total. The album came out on Nov. 23.

Source: Korea Herald
onlylexy 1st-Dec-2018 08:38 pm (UTC)
Good. I went to watch the video when it dropped and as soon as I heard the Hakka I left. SM truly never learns! Did they not learn anything back when EXO got in trouble for the mess?
cloudcrystals 1st-Dec-2018 08:41 pm (UTC)
I KNEW IT!!!! i knew it sounded familiar!
countthesaints 1st-Dec-2018 08:50 pm (UTC)
The producers should have never included it in the first place and SM should have never green lit the single without having the sample removed. They'll never learn their lesson and the damage is already done, but I hope the prayer is removed from digital versions of the record out of respect.

Edited at 2018-12-02 04:11 am (UTC)
typhlogirl 1st-Dec-2018 09:43 pm (UTC)
lmao i'm in NZ at the moment and I did not expect to see it featuring in an omona post - particularly for such an unpleasant reason. They need to take the karakia section out.

and another side saying the K-pop song helped promote the Maori culture to the global audience.

the audacity.....
typhlogirl 2nd-Dec-2018 03:58 am (UTC)
it's just so offensive, i can't??? fans can really be something else
a_suitcase 2nd-Dec-2018 04:16 pm (UTC)
People said that? Jfc.
minho_lover 1st-Dec-2018 09:54 pm (UTC)

yea as soon as i heard it, i was like “hold up...thats sounds like the haka”,,,as a polynesian fan, it rubs me the wrong way to hear that at the beginning. im pretty sure the producers didnt give a crap about the meanings and sacredness that it is. they should def take it out!

sasstronaut 1st-Dec-2018 10:16 pm (UTC)
it’s at the very beginning of the song so it would be super easy to take out but i doubt they will unfortunately :/
4minutesluts 1st-Dec-2018 10:46 pm (UTC)
how about we don't take important things from other cultures while completely ignoring their context
a_suitcase 2nd-Dec-2018 04:15 pm (UTC)
Yuppp. Why is this so hard??
921227 1st-Dec-2018 11:23 pm (UTC)
I went back to listen because i just assumed it was some discordant noise and yelling but whoa boy SM should address this asap
rockerista03 1st-Dec-2018 11:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah no this is not the kind of image a group poised to go global should have. How does SM not learn.
hellicoptajuuce 2nd-Dec-2018 03:14 am (UTC)
I thought it was a haka im still confused as to why its there in the first place like the song didnt need it
premonitioner 2nd-Dec-2018 07:39 am (UTC)
it's not the first time an SM group has used haka
jyushimatsu 2nd-Dec-2018 09:46 am (UTC)
SM really is dumb to repeat this mistake
dropit87 2nd-Dec-2018 04:12 am (UTC)
Is it at the very beginning? I thought it was someone yelling "get the fuck on the ground"
modestgoddess79 2nd-Dec-2018 04:58 am (UTC)
SM is repeat a offender. Makes me wonder who at SM is obsessed with the Haka.
sciencebottle 2nd-Dec-2018 06:34 am (UTC)
sigh. SM really doesn't learn huh.
rainstormraider 3rd-Dec-2018 09:09 am (UTC)
Wow.
To think I actually liked this song.
Wow.
How disrespectful can you be?!?
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