On October 16, the New York Post drew attention to an article on raceconscious.org, in which a mom tries to decide whether to let her five-year-old daughter dress up as Moana for Halloween. After a great deal of contemplation, the woman opts not to allow it because she feels that it would be an instance of cultural appropriation. (And from near and far could be heard the sounds of the oncoming onslaught of words and opinions.)
Then, on October 18, Redbook ran a piece about why they think it's not okay to let white kids dress up as Moana, a Polynesian Disney princess. In case you're not sure what cultural appropriation is, Redbook defines it thusly: "The act of reducing someone's culture to stereotypes, and thereby belittling it." The article suggested that parents, “Think about using this Halloween as an opportunity to teach your kids about the importance of cultural sensitivity."
Yesterday, Cosmpolitan reposted that same article, and it became a full-on controversy. The tweet with the article got a lot of comments, mostly ones disagreeing with the authors' take.
People with young children do NOT devote a nanosecond to the intersectionalist fever dream that was this article. So not only do we have bad optics, we also have some rather substantive credibility issues here.— Cooper Day (@cooperday) October 24, 2017
My blonde kid LOVES Moana & Tiana - I have NO problem with her emulating those women. Anyone who has a problem it, is a racist moron.— Reality Junkie (@MISHIGA95) October 24, 2017
I think this is why progressives are so stupid. They spend all their time worrying about crap like this @stephaburger— Nate Andersh (@NAndersh) October 24, 2017
Country overcame segregation decades ago. Not many of us eager to return to it. Separate costumes? Do we go back to separate fountains too?— M Lynne Simon (@mlysimonsen) October 24, 2017
Dictating what little kids can dress up as based on the color of their skin makes you a racist.— KafeenRush (@KafeenRush) October 24, 2017
Don't be a fucking racist.
So girls should aspire to be brave, awesome and independent, looking up to badass women but they can't dress as their heroes? Idiots.— Annie 😸 (@Anniethekitty) October 24, 2017
But other people on Twitter felt differently.
This isn't the first time there's been an issue with dressing up like a character from Moana. The Maui costume was pulled from stores last year when people complained that putting the skin of another race on wasn't ok, and was basically blackface.