Moana: Disney Film Criticized for Character’s Costume

Disney’s film Moana, featuring its first Polynesian princess, is under fire for selling questionable Halloween costume of one of the characters.

Last weekend, a costume of Polynesian god Maui, voiced by Dwayne Johnson in the film, consisting of a brown bodysuit with tattoos, became available for sale at the Disney Store and online.

“Your little one will set off on adventures in this Maui costume featuring the demigod’s signature tattoos, rope necklace, and island-style skirt,” reads the description. “Plus, padded arms and legs for mighty stature!”

Many took to social media to say the costume was in poor taste; some even accused Disney of caricaturing Polynesian culture and appropriating Hawaiian culture, even calling it an example of brown face.

The movie was the subject of controversy earlier this year as well for its depiction of Maui as what some considered overweight.