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A screen shot showing the Maui costume being sold by Disney.

Disney accused of cultural misappropriation, Moana costume no longer being sold

23 September 2016 Entertainment News

Fourth Estate Staff

Hollywood, CA, United States (4E) – Disney is no longer selling their “Moana” costume after the company was accused of cultural misappropriation.

The costume is being sold ahead of the Halloween festivities and according to the reports, people who believed there was cultural misappropriation believed that the brown skin of the costume was racist. The costume being sold was that of the character named Maui, who is voiced by Dwayne Johnson in the flick.

The “Moana” costume was being sold in its website and its physical stores but it has been taken down and pulled out. The outfit also has tattoos all over it just like the character. It also has a rope necklace and an island style skirt. The body suit is also padded in order to show mighty stature. It also comes with a wig.

The accusers said that Disney was promoting brown face or “Polyface.” The tattoos were also regarded as a disrespect to the Pacific Islander culture. Disney also offers Maui pajamas, t-shirts, and sweatshirts showing the character with brown skin and traditional tattoos. It is unclear if these will also be pulled out.

Disney said in their statement, “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.”

“Moana” is set to be released this November 23 and it follows the Polynesian teenager of the same name as the title. She will be going to a journey with Maui. Auli'i Cravalho voices the titular Polynesian princess.