A visiting American rapper has threatened to ban media from his first ever show in New Zealand after becoming embroiled in a fiery online spat with a TV3 reporter.
Bow Wow is scheduled to perform at Auckland venue The Studio tonight as part of a world tour promoting his new album Underrated.
But the That's My Name rapper has threatened to ban reviewers from the gig after a spat erupted with TV3 Nightline reporter Jenny Suo.
TV3's website ran video footage of Bow Wow snubbing a kapa haka group when he landed at Auckland Airport on Monday, instead choosing to shop for a new phone.
"He was like, 'Oh I don't want to do this, I don't want any part in this at all, I just got off a flight, I just want to get out of here'," kapa haka group member Aaron Henare told TV3.
Suo sent out a tweet saying, "BowWow arrived in AKL, ignored Powhiri,walked straight to Vodafone shop. Kapahaka group refused to redo it & went home" and included a photo of the rapper in the store.
That tweet reportedly incensed Bow Wow, who banned TV3 from covering his mall meet-and-greet today and posted a lengthy and expletive-laden rant on his Facebook page that began with the line: "Screw that reporter for running her mouth."
He accused Suo of "stalking me in the airport with her microphone all in my face" and asked why TV3 didn't cover more positive aspects of his New Zealand media appearances.
"How bout you talk about how i signed every autograph for every fan in that mall today. Or how about taking pictures w/ the under aged kids who cant get in my show tomorrow because they not 18," (sic) he wrote.
"How about the great interviews i gave new zealand press outlets here today at my in store because they were more professional ..." (sic)
He continued: "Far as im concerned im enjoying my time like crazy!! Tomorrow will be a packed house, full of love and positive vibes. I just might not allow no reporters to my show. Just photographers. hats just how the Dog feeling. WORD!" (sic)