- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bowing to criticism from detractors who decried the outfit as “cultural appropriation,” Disney has removed a Halloween costume representing Maui, a Polynesian demigod, CNN reported Thursday.

The costume is essentially a tannish-brown colored bodysuit patterned with green tattoos with a “skirt” of leaves around the waist.

Critics on social media had blasted the design as a commodification of Polynesian ethnic identity.

“Our Brown Skin/Ink’s NOT a costume,” one woman complained.

The costume, sold in Disney stores and online, was officially-licensed apparel based on “Moana,” which hits theaters on Nov. 23. 

According to imdb.com, the PG-rated cartoon follows the adventures of the title character — voiced by teenage Hawaiian actress Auli’i Cravalho — as she “uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island.” Along the way she is aided by Maui, who is voiced by Dwayne Johnson, who himself is of Samoan descent on his mother’s side.

“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,” the company said in a statement, CNN reported.


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