By Louis Chan
AsAmNews National Correspondent
The Merriam Webster dictionary defines a costume as the clothes worn by someone.
But the new costume depicting Maui, the Polynesian demigod portrayed by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the Disney movie Moana, mimics not only Maui’s clothes, but also his brown skin– tattoos and all.
Some have called that cultural appropriation. You might also call it black face-like.
Social media is buzzing about what many consider a mistep.
— TheBlackSheep.com (@LivinOffTheGrid) September 18, 2016
— 18millionrising (@18millionrising) September 19, 2016
this ??morning?? in ??dumb ??things. really, who (from Disney) thought a “brown skin” costume would be a Good Thing? https://t.co/dARZqhnwqF
— Kat Chow (@katchow) September 20, 2016
Moana will be the first Pacific Islander Disney princess and many from that community have been looking forward to it.
The merchandising, however, has many scratching their heads.
— jess banks (@ProfBanks) September 18, 2016
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