In highlighting that ‘naked tattooed buns greet William and Kate’ and emphasizing that the British Royals were welcomed ‘not by throngs, but a thong’ during their recent visit to New Zealand, CNN slipped from fun to ridicule. Hopefully it was unintentional.
She and the channel’s management probably did not realize when fun slipped into the realm of racism and ridicule. This edition of her show did not sit well with viewers and we are hardly surprised.
@CNN you know the whole majority of NewZealand is outraged by Jeanne Moos report "Royal Bummer" A petition is going around NZ for an apology— E.T (@ThatGeekyLoser) April 13, 2014
Had they stopped there, the damage wouldn’t have been as severe. However, trips of various dignitaries and the ‘cultural’ welcomes they received were also highlighted.
On one occasion, the host gleefully mentioned how CNN ‘reported’ one of the visits and then compared the Haka to 'a cross between a Chippendale lap dance and the mating dance of an emu'.
"Even the new royal baby arriving on his first official trip abroad couldn't compete with what we're calling the royal bummer. Though technically the only one bumming was the warrior with decorated buns exposed - is that any way to welcome a future king and queen?" said the host.
The channel was asked to apologize.
A Lower Hutt university student Jayden Evett even started a petition calling for an apology from CNN.
"You can tell there was an attempt at tongue-in-cheek there but someone's culture - an entire nation's culture - is not to be poked fun at really."
Moos did comply by apologizing.