Dressing children up as Disney’s Moana this Halloween is racist, according to one parenting blogger.
While parents should also think twice about letting their brood dress up as Elsa from Frozen because her character promotes ‘white beauty’.
Writing in her popular blog Raising Race Conscious Children, parent blogger activist Sachi Feris urged parents not to dress their children up as characters from backgrounds different to their own as it is ‘cultural appropriation.’
Although many would see the strong-minded Moana as a perfect role model for their child, Feris said it’s racially insensitive and risks parodying Polynesian culture.
Describing her own discussions with her five-year-old daughter, Feris said: ‘Moana is based on real history and a real group of people.
‘If we are going to dress up a real person, we have to make sure we are doing it in a way that is respectful. Otherwise, it is like we are making fun of someone else’s culture.’