Disney pulls ‘Moana’ costume after critics lambast it as ‘Polyface’
HONOLULU — Disney said Wednesday it would no longer sell a boy’s costume for a Polynesian character that some Pacific Islanders have compared to blackface.
The getup depicts Maui — a revered figure in Polynesian oral traditions and viewed by some Pacific Islanders as an ancestor — who is a character in the upcoming animated movie Moana.
It has a long-sleeve brown shirt and long pants featuring full-body tattoos. It comes with a fake shark-tooth necklace and green-leaf “skirt.”
Disney’s online store had offered boy’s pyjamas and a men’s t-shirt in a similar design, but those products were no longer available Wednesday. Read more…
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