BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s a big debate right now in the parenting community online: Is it appropriate for a white child to dress up as Moana for Halloween?
Moana is a 2016 Disney movie that follows the title character, the young daughter of a village chief in ancient Polynesia who sails away from her island to try to cure the blight that has struck there.READ MORE: Flash Floods In Maryland Close Some Schools, Roads; Several Rescued In High Water, MSP Responds To More Than 500 Calls
The story is based on real myths and legends in ancient Polynesian cultures, and a native Hawaiian actress, Auli’i Cravalho, voiced the animated character.
The controversy about whether or not white children should dress as the character seems to have originated with a Sept. 5 post on the website RaceConscious.org , simply titled “Moana, Elsa, And Halloween.”
That piece, written by a white woman and mother of a 5-year-old girl, argues that the costume could be considered culturally appropriative if worn by her child.READ MORE: CDC Advisory Panel Backs FDA Decision For COVID-19 Booster Shots, Baltimoreans React
But many more articles, both agreeing with and rebutting the points made in that piece, have been published since then.
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