Cultural sensitivity can be a tricky thing.
But posting a nude photo on a sacred mountain is a pretty straight-forward no-no, you would think.
Especially if you’re literally from that country, you should probably know better.
Jaylene Cook has been on the receiving end of the never-ending Internet rage machine after she posted a nude photo at the summit of Mount Taranaki in New Zealand.
The mountain is sacred to the Maori people – and much like Uluru, many Maoris refuse to climb the active volcano out of respect.
The 25-year-old model made it to the summit with her boyfriend, Josh Shaw, stripped off, posted the image to Instagram where it racked up over 15,000 likes.
WE DID IT!! This was BY FAR the hardest thing I have ever done! Both mentally and physically. 2 minutes out of the car park I was already hurting, sweating and ready to turn back ? But it's amazing what you can accomplish with the encouragement and support of your partner! I could not have done this without you babe @thejoshshaw! • ? Mount Taranaki Summit ? 9000ft ❄️ -11'C/35km winds ??♀️ 12.6km (1.6km elevation) ⏰ 2am – 6.30pm (12hr hike time) ?? 20kg pack (Josh had 40kg ?) • This climb has forever changed me. I proved just how far I could push myself and I am truely proud of my accomplishment. This mountain was steep, rugged, ever changing and just pure brutal! Safe to say, I will never do it again ?
Comments on the image were pretty savage.
Maori is our indigenous people of New Zealand and that track isn’t even suppose to be done unless it’s a ceremony and the volcano is sacred to the Maori people! Do your research!! It’s called respecting other people’s culture when your travelling.
Read a book on the social issues that are incumbent with colonisation especially in relation to indigenous peoples. Then maybe we can talk on the same level here. Ok now buhbye xxx
Despite the backlash, Cook has left the photo up.
She told Stuff.co.nz: “[The photo’s] not crude or explicit in any way. We made ourselves knowledgeable on the history of the mountain. We were quite respectful. Being nude is not something that is offensive in anyway. It’s natural and pure and it’s about freedom and empowerment.”
What do you reckon, offensive or beautiful?