New Zealand National Rugby Team Dancing Shirtless in the Rain

Me: “I figured the abs would distract you from the cultural appropriation long enough for you to enjoy it.”

Her: “Haka is an art form. I can appreciate its deep history, its nuanced interpretation through gestural dance of the complicated feelings warriors face as they go into battle, the questions that arise when a noble tradition is transmuted into spectacle, the added layer of resonance between this team and our own sports teams named after pejorative terms for native peoples exterminated by colonialists; and, also, dat azz.”

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