It is so very funny to mock the traditional dress of indigenous, colonized people, eh CNN?

Did CNN Need to Apologize for This Racist Segment? 25,000 Said Yes


What might have been some fluffy news reporting on a royal visit to New Zealand turned ugly last week, and Internet users let CNN know they expect better from an international news organization.

In the "Royal Bummer" clip below, CNN reporter Jeanne Moos chooses to criticize a Maori representative's traditional dress as not fit for a meeting with Prince William and Kate Middleton, musing "Is that any way to welcome a future king and queen?" She goes on to recall another report that described a traditional Maori greeting as a "cross between a Chippendale's lap dance and the mating dance of the emu."

RELATED: The Royals Arrive in New Zealand to a Warm Maori Welcome

A petition for a public apology from CNN was posted to seeking 25,000 signatures, a goal that was met. Earlier today, Moos apologized publicly, or at least made a statement. "I do humour and satire, and I am truly sorry if the tone of my story offended anyone," she said, according to a Radio Australia report. Jay Everett, the organizer of the online petition called the apology "lackluster," adding "She didn't actually apologize for the content of her report, rather the tone and if people took offense to her tone."

Here's the video -- did it warrant an apology (and did Moos actually give one)?

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Sherrie Beth Sachs
Sherrie Beth Sachs
Submitted by Sherrie Beth Sachs on
If she is that insipid she needs to be removed. That was not an apology, that was a snotty retort. Fire her. Raise the bar of what is expected from us in and for the news.

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Submitted by silversmithd on
Oh my. She didn't realize that she was thinking out loud? I'd like the hear an apology but I know I won't get one.

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Submitted by rockymissouri on
Love the traditional attire..!! Perfectly appropriate... Anything else would have been wrong.

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Michael Madrid
Submitted by Michael Madrid on
When will indigenous cultures cease to be judged by the morals and sensitivities of the White world? Apparently never!

Echo Moon
Echo Moon
Submitted by Echo Moon on
apparently what's her face had more problems with the bums than the royals did. the royals acted with class and appreciation. moos on the other hand, acts like a cow after eating to much sweet grass!

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Submitted by curtj on
Too many commentators show their ignorance and racism on the air, be it this female or Diane Sawyer and others. It's the ingrained contempt for any other than the white race. This is only the surface and a tiny bit of the dynamics of the institutionalized racism foisted on the Indigenous. Why is it the descendants of the illegal European immigrants, continue to foist their racism against us. Could it be that since they have and are in the midst of finishing off their resource and land theft from the Indigenous, thy have to be derogatory to the Indigenous to bolster themselves up to cover up or gloss over the fact that the state and federal governments revenues come from the theft of our resources and lands?