Controversy comes for us all, it would seem — and Disney is living through it the hard way right now!
The folks behind their new movie Moana, that is set for release right around Thanksgiving, are wading into dangerous territory with a controversial Halloween costume available on the company’s website that some people believe to be racist!
Over the weekend, Disney started selling a costume of the Polynesian god Maui (above) from the movie — a character voiced in the film by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson — on their website.
That costume looks like this (below):
The character’s traditional, tribal tattoos — and dark skin — are obviously being used as costume inspiration here, and that’s leaving some people to question whether this was an acceptable decision by Disney!
Activists are taking to Twitter to complain and come together over the issue, as you can see (below):
As a Poly I support our folk involved in #MOANA. But this? NO.Our Brown Skin/Ink’s NOT a costume. @DisneyMoana pic.twitter.com/X0pacppAqV
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ TheBlackSheep.com (@LivinOffTheGrid) September 18, 2016
cosplaying things like moana is one thing – cosplay shouldn’t be limited to what ur race is. but literally wearing a brown skin costume? no
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ ├ó┼ô┬¿ hannah ├ó┼ô┬¿ (@donnatroying) September 19, 2016
1. Its deadass brown skin…as a costume??
2. some islander tattoos are very sacred, this costume is literally mocking our traditions.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ cherry clit (@honeysdew) September 19, 2016
Obviously, Polynesian people don’t want to be portrayed as just some Halloween costume — especially considering the tribal tattoos have sacred, specific meanings.
What do U think, Perezcious readers?!
[Image via Disney.]