Disney’s in hot water with new Maui costume from Moana

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Disney’s newest movie Moana is a celebration of all things Polynesian and it promises to be as wonderful and family oriented as many Disney movies before it. However with Halloween so close and children loving to dress up as their favorite Disney character there seems to be some controversy building around the film.

The costume was created in such as way that the skin of the person wearing the costume seems to be brown covered in tattoos with a grass skirt, much like the demi-god Maui it is portraying. This doesn’t seem like a problem until you realize not every child has brown skin.

Some feel that although the custom is a perfect match for children with darker skin children who are white and wearing the costume will be in brown face, claiming that even if the face isn’t shaded in it is still offense.  Children should be able to wear costumes of whomever they choose but critics are claiming that suggesting children try to change their skin tone to match the costume is inappropriate.



Disney has not made any comments on this matter and the costumes are still available, meanwhile many news sites are asking Disney to remove the costume from the shelves.

How do you feel about the costume and children of all colors wearing it? 

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One thought on “Disney’s in hot water with new Maui costume from Moana

  1. So, it’s offensive to dress up as a fictionalized version of a Polynesian demigod now? Nobody was offended when all those kids dressed up like Hercules. #wehavebiggerproblems

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