It seems that other countries can’t get enough of the haka.
It’s one thing to appreciate it when it’s performed. It’s a completely different thing to use it for the purpose of comedy when you KNOW you are being culturally offensive and go so far as admit that.
It’s clear the show’s writers were well-aware of the offence the performance may have caused to the Māori community, as the boss urges them to “stop this flagrant display of cultural identity theft at once”.
How do we respond when things like this keep happening?
Stay silent and hope it is quickly forgotten?
Speak up and try and educate people about why it’s inappropriate?