Funkwerks, a funky brewery in Fort Collins, almost created an international incident when it named a beer Maori King, prompting complaints from the Maori natives in New Zealand -- complaints reported around the world.
That inspired this from Jon S:
So I'm more interested in how the Maori found out about one beer from a tiny brewery in CO that only distributes locally. Do they go around Googling "Maori" or something? More importantly, why the hell would they care about some random one-off beer on the other side of the world?
More importantly, who are all of the self-righteous white people that are suddenly popping up out of nowhere on these comments to trash a brewery that meant no ill or disrespect about a culture they also don't really know anything about?
I'm Japanese, and if I heard that someone tried to get Great Divide to change the name of Samurai because it was "insensitive" or because the samurai "belonged to the Japanese", I'd think they were a fucking retard for making a big deal out of something so insignificant.
Just days after this controversy hit the international air waves, Funkwerks changed the name of Maori King to Southern Tropic.
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That response brought this from Potua:
I think it's brilliant, they didn't have to, but they listened (something that rarely happens to indigenous communities around the world) - they offended Maori, unknowingly but once they realised the extent of the offense they took steps to fix it (no doubt as some cost to themselves) - I hope they sell a truck load of it! - Here in NZ we've got the Rugby World Cup 2011 - would be great to have it around (especially with the attached story) Funkwerks, you're my favorite today!!!!