Taika Waititi accuses New Zealand of being racist
- Bang Showbiz
- 10 April 2018
'Thor: Ragnarok' director Taika Waititi has claimed that his homeland of New Zealand is "racist as f**k"
Taika Waititi says his homeland of New Zealand is "racist as f**k".
The 42-year-old director - who is, perhaps, best known for helming 2017's 'Thor: Ragnarok' - has claimed that despite being one of the most sought-after filmmakers in Hollywood, he's still patronised by members of the public.
Taika - who is the son of a Maori father of Te-Whanau-a-Apanui descent and a Jewish-European mother - told Dazed & Confused magazine: "People just flat-out refuse to pronounce Maori names properly.
"There's still profiling when it comes to Polynesians. It's not even a colour thing - like, 'Oh, there's a black person.' It's, 'If you're Poly then you're getting profiled.'"
Taika also claimed the people of Auckland are condescending towards his career achievements, revealing he's been told he's done well "for one of your people".
Despite this, Taika - who is married to producer Chelsea Winstanley - added that New Zealand is the "best place on the planet".
Meanwhile, Australian actor Chris Hemsworth has heaped praise on Taika, saying his approach to 'Thor: Ragnarok' has given him a new-found enthusiasm for the role.
Chris, 34, said he'd be open to reprising the part of Thor a few more times, having relished the experience of working with Taika.
He shared: "Two or three films ago I was like 'okay, a couple more'. I was enjoying it but I was like ... I felt a little restricted.
"And after this last experience with Taika, and actually these last two 'Avengers', I feel like we've reinvented that character a number of times - even in these next two, he evolves again, and you don't get that opportunity often in a franchise.
"So I definitely feel a renewed sense of excitement and enthusiasm, and more so than ever, I think."