Wednesday 17th January 2018,

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Disney Under Fire for Brown Skin “Costume”

posted by Louis Chan

Moana costume

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.

The controversy has been covered by such trade publications as Variety and national news organizations such as the Washington Post.

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.

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