meet my ape shit USA

For the Travel Channel series “Meet The Natives USA,” five tribesmen from the Pacific island of Tanna visit different parts of the United States to discover what people here are like. Pictured here left to right are Sam, Keimua, Chief
Mangau, Kuai and Namus.For the Travel Channel series Meet The Natives USA, five tribesmen from the Pacific island of Tanna visit different parts of the United States to discover what people here are like. Pictured here left to right are Sam, Keimua, Chief Mangau, Kuai and Namus.  
i copied this language directly from a website.  have you seen this show?  in this season, the coloreds visit america.  unlike last season when the whites visited the coloreds.  listen, i studied anthropology.  i’m all about “real” cross cultural exchange and this, as it appears on TV, is not it. first off, i don’t like the name of the show: “meet the natives.”  let’s not pretend that we don’t know that native is synonymous with backward, uncivilized, ape shit.  While staying with the Sperry family of Orange Park Acres, the men visit local places including Knott's Berry Farm, where they rode a rollercoaster and didn't especially like it. Picture here, left to right, Sam, Keimua, Brian Sperry, Chief Mangau. 
i didn’t like it last season when the premise was a white family visiting the darker skinned people of the south pacific because then the natives really were the natives.  and native as far as i’m concerned is a derogatory term.   study colonialism and imperialism if you don’t know what i’m talking about.  and read a racist ethnography or two.  and i actually watched the show and it leaves me with an undigested, icky feeling in my stomach.  in yesterday’s episode the ‘tribal’ folks thanked their montana hosts by dancing in their traditional, tribal gear (as pictured above.)  there was something slightly disconcerting about 5 damn near naked black men, dancing in a rec hall in front of 50 white people who have all their clothes on.  maybe the dance has spiritual meaning, maybe they’ve been doing this dance for 5,000 years.  no one would ever know because the show just airs the dance and never provides the cultural history, background, or context.  so much for learning something.  and it’s a flat-out LIE and simply SPIN to insinuate that the tribesmen are
meeting USA ‘natives.’  The men from Tanna and the Sperrys pose for a photo at Knott's Berry Farm. From left to right, Keimua, Namus, Christie, Kuai, Michelle, Brian, Chief Mangau, Sam, and Rosemary. cuz, think about it … how many people in the south pacific are going to watch and learn about america?  no.  it’s AMERICANS who sit back with their MGD and watch  the tribesmen interact with the whites.  it’s AMERICANS who are viewing how tribesmen deal with american culture.  AMERICANS who already know about the midwest.  who already know how to fry chicken in a skillet.  AMERICANS who are aware that there are cow ranches in montana.  this show is all about americans.  i think the side-benefit for the five tribesmen is they got a free trip to america and they will, i am sure, pass on what they know and use the info to their advantage.  i’m glad God always sends some good with some bad.   i think that this might be a great experience for the actual human beings on the show – both pacific islander and american alike.  however, i get the sickly feeling that both groups are being exploited.   it’s like borat on borat and the travel channel reaps all the profit. 
 
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