New Zealand reputation ‘sabotaged’ by Taika Waititi – Duncan Garner

The AM Show 10/04/2018

Duncan Garner has slammed filmmaker Taika Waititi over his latest racism comments.

The Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker labelled New Zealand "a racist place" in a new interview, complaining locals refuse to pronounce Māori names properly.

"It's racist as f**k," he told UK magazine Dazed and Confused.

"I think New Zealand is the best place on the planet, but it's a racist place. People just flat-out refuse to pronounce Māori names properly."

But Garner clapped back, arguing "New Zealand's not as racist as that".

"He's gone too far, it's too extreme," he argued on The AM Show.

"Come home and re-introduce yourself to your country. It's a great little country that's not without its challenges but we're not as racist as 'F'."

It's not the first time Waititi has caused a stir. In 2017, he criticised his home country's dirty rivers, depression rates, teen suicide rates, housing crisis and child poverty rates.

Garner accuses Waititi of using his high profile to denigrate his home country.

"Many countries use us as the model for how to deal with indigenous issues, actually. And it hasn't held Taika back, has it?" he said.

"Stop selling us out on the international stage. There's a word for it, and it's called 'sabotage'."

Watch the full commentary from Duncan Garner above. 

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