Ashley Graham asked Jason Momoa to perform the Haka on the Oscars red carpet and some people are seriously unhappy
With a star-studded evening of awards and performances, there was a lot to take in at Sunday's Oscars ceremony. Some of the more memorable moments that stood out were Lady Gaga's *ahem* intimate duet with Bradley Cooper, Olivia Coleman's absolutely adorable speech after she won Best Actress, and Spike Lee throwing a bit of a tantrum when he lost out to Green Book for Best Picture.
Before all that, though, we had the joy of watching everyone arrive on the red carpet. Again, there were a few people that caught our attention more than others - one of them being Jason Momoa.
Dressed in a striking baby pink suit (complete with hair scrunchie), the Aquaman star looked absolutely incredible alongside his wife, Lisa Bonet. Unfortunately, his suave look could not save him from the awkfest that was Ashley Graham, who decided to embarrass him during an interview by asking him to do the Haka.
To many, Graham's request that Momoa do the Haka - a traditional Māori dance that the star performed at the Aquaman premiere to celebrate the New Zealand culture incorporated into the movie - seemed nothing more than a slightly cringeworthy moment.
For those who recognised the significance of the dance, however, it seemed downright disrespectful.
In fact, Bonet tried to convey this to Graham while she was making the request. You can't hear what she says, but it's clear from this clip that she's not happy about her husband being forced to do a culturally significant dance for the sake of one person's curiosity.
Momoa is from Hawaii, and therefore shares some of the same Polynesian roots as native New Zealanders. By asking him to do the dance, then, Graham - whether she realised it or not - was perceived as being pretty offensive to anyone for whom the dance has a significant meaning.
And Twitter let her know it.
Of course, it's very likely that Graham didn't even consider her actions could be offensive. Hopefully this has been a teachable moment for her (and the rest of us!), and we won't have to witness such interactions such as these in the future.