These days, parents aren’t just worried about what their children are going to be for Halloween, but they also have to consider if that costume will be deemed socially appropriate.
As Dearly previously reported, parents are split over whether or not it’s okay for children to dress up as some of their favorite characters that are of a different race or culture.
This year, the megahit film “Black Panther” left kids across the country wanting to dress up as the movie’s superhero this Halloween.
But that’s prompted backlash from some who say the costume should only be worn by children of color, who may find special meaning in the hero.
Similar sentiments emerged in 2016, when the Polynesian princess, Moana, from the Disney movie of the same name, was a popular costume choice.
But as the debate over appropriation rages on, Moana’s voice actress, Auli’i Cravalho, is speaking out.
In an interview with People, the 17-year-old Hawaii native said that she thinks children should be able to dress up as Moana:
“I think it’s absolutely appropriate. 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.”
“I would encourage anyone who wants to dress up as a wayfinder who journeys beyond her reef to figure out who she truly is, I totally support you. Go for it! Parents can dress up as Moana, too.
I myself have tried to find a Moana costume, [but] I have not been able to find one in my size!”
In 2016, Disney removed some “Moana” costumes from their site amid accusations that they were promoting “brownface,” Huffington Post reported at the time.
The costumes included brown bodysuits meant to represent darker skin covered in Polynesian tattoos. Disney said in response:
“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. We sincerely apologize and are pulling the costume from our website and stores.”
However, those costumes were for the character Maui, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the film. Cravalho did not address dressing up as Maui.
Do you think any child should be able to dress up as Moana, or not? Let us know in the comments.