Viewing how Maori have been depicted in the previous two centuries ‘‘Bad Press’’ (Sunday,
June 3) should be viewed with a degree of caution.
Yes, viewing this literature through the lens of 2018 makes it appear opprobrious but in his excellent ‘‘what were you thinking’’ monologue on the perils of being ‘‘woke’’, comedian and TV host Bill Maher also reminds us that in the 1900s heroin was used as cough suppression for children, amphetamines were used for slimming and smoking on planes was permitted not all that long ago.
Shows such as Benny Hill and even the beloved M*A*S*H highlight attitudes that are out of step now.
There are current practices that we will cringe at in 30 years’ time, yet we have evolved and will continue to do so. Andrew Hawkey, Christchurch
Wow! Thanks to the Sunday StarTimes for the article on the portrayal of Maori over the past 200 years. At the age of 80 I have waited a long time for something like this. Sadly though, not much has changed. There are still some people who use some of those highly prejudiced attitudes to denigrate Maori. Gary Potonga Neilson,