In light of our current political climate, one Disney Princess says it’s OK to be DisneyInspired.
Auli’i Cravalho, the Hawaii-born actress that voices the Moana character in the record-breaking Disney film, is reassuring fans of ALL ETHNICITIES to that it’s appropriate to be dressed like her character for Halloween.
Cravalho, 17-year-old, has expressed to People Magazine that she believes Moana is a strong lady that symbolizes bravery and self-discovery and are qualities to be admired by everyone.
“I think it’s absolutely appropriate,” Cravalho said. “It’s done in the spirit of love and for Disney and for the little ones who just want to dress up as their favorite heroine, I’m all for it.” She added, “Parents can dress up as Moana, too.”
Many people really like the Moana character and since 2016 has been the scrutiny of NPCs (Non-Playable Characters which is a new derogatory term bantering around the Internet to describe anyone who seeks to make everything politically correct).
NPCs say non-Polynesians wearing Moana and Maui, the movie’s leading male character, approaches cultural appropriation. Cultural appropriation occurs when the dominant culture borrows parts of a minority culture. Defenders say it’s respectful to dress up in costumes of one’s own heroes especially if they’re a different ethnicity. A person is more likely to make light of one’s own ethnicity. Instead of triggering sensitive feelings of disrespect and reverse racism these acts ought to be seen as acts of respect. This issue arises each year around Halloween and often is used to inflame voters since the holiday is close to the date for voting for National Elections in the United States.
In 2016, NPCs were successful in getting Disney’s Maui costume removed from store shelves.
USA Today (October 25, 2018): “Moana actress says it’s OK for kids to dress up as her Disney character for Halloween”: https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/allthemoms/2018/10/25/moana-actress-gives-ok-dress-up-her-disney-character-halloween/1763691002/