First of all, if you haven’t seen the Disney movie Moana, it’s fantastic! My daughter LOVES it and if she wasn’t already going as Woody from Toy Story for Halloween, she might want to go as Moana, and I would be okay with that. Not every parent would though. So what’s the big fuss? My first thought was that maybe the costume was too revealing, since it shows a little of the stomach, but nope.
Last year writer Sachi Feris published a blog for Raising Race Conscious Children titled “Moana, Elsa, And Halloween” (which went viral at the time) about why she wouldn’t let her white daughter dress up as Moana. She wrote “Moana is based on real history and a real group of people … if we are going to dress up a real person, we have to make sure we are doing it in a way that is respectful. Otherwise, it is like we are making fun of someone else’s culture.”
And there you have it. This information has resurfaced just in time for Halloween and it has parents divided on whether they should let their kids dress as the Disney princess Moana.