People shared their outraged over this Moana, Disney Costume.
We previously shared how one particular Moana costume from Disney had people up in arms, resulting in it being pulled from sale.
The children’s costume was inspired by the character Maui, a Polynesian god voiced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the film, Moana, and includes an “island-style skirt” made of fabric leaves, rope necklace, and fabric brown skin with tattoos.
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The arms and legs were padded to simulate Maui’s muscle-bound physique and “photorealistic teeth art appliqués.”
The zip-up costume, which cost nearly $50 along with a matching wig for another $15, left many people wondering if it’s a celebration of culture or a very offensive example of cultural appropriation.
People online raised their concerns that the costume caricatures Polynesian culture, particularly by turning Maui’s brown skin into a costume piece. Some had mixed feelings of wanting to support Polynesians who are working on the movie while still feeling the costume was not acceptable.
Disney, I love you and I love what i’m seeing of Moana so far but you screwed up with that Maui Costume.
— ????lita. (@LitaNZ) September 19, 2016
— jess banks (@ProfBanks) September 18, 2016
— TheBlackSheep.com (@LivinOffTheGrid) September 18, 2016
According to Huffington Post, Disney discontinued the sale of the costumes and also issued an apology.
“The team behind Moana has taken great care to respect the cultures of the Pacific Islands that inspired the film, and we regret that the Maui costume has offended some,” the company said in a statement. “We sincerely apologize and are pulling the costume from our website and stores.”
Update 30 October 2017
Yet again a Moana costume has caused controversy after parents claimed the outfit “made fun of someone else’s culture”.
Her daughter had told her she wanted to dress as the Polynesian girl which led to the issue of “cultural appropriation”.
The girl then suggested Elsa from Frozen but Ms Feris also objected to the idea.
“There is one thing I don’t like about the character of Elsa. I feel like because Elsa is a White princess, and we see so many white princesses, her character sends the message that you have to be a certain way to be “beautiful” or to be a ‘princess'”, she wrote. Read the full blog here.
While some mothers backed her call on the outfit being inappropriate on social media, others were quick to point out there was no such issue and the costume wasn’t racist.
“Kids don’t care about race. What do you think your kid is going to tell her friends? She can’t be Moana because Moana is different race and culture?” one comment read.
What do you think of this costume? Did they go too far?
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