Disney is facing racist allegations after this Halloween costume became available for purchase on their website.
Some people are saying the costume of Maui, a character voiced by Duane “the Rock” Johnson in the upcoming animated Disney film Moana, is an offensive cultural appropriation.
The zip-up costume was available for $50 on the company website, described as being all over body Maui signature tattoos, rope necklace and Island-style skirt, plus padded arms and legs for mighty stature, has some people wondering if this is thinly veiled brown face.
Twitter users responded with tweets reminding Disney that cultures are not costumes while others expressed their support for the film and how it celebrates the Polynesian culture.
— Samoa Planet (@SamoaPlanet) September 17, 2016
— Tobi Baba (@Voiceof9jathugs) September 20, 2016
— Gwen Jacobs (@Cramdaline) September 20, 2016
Disney removed the costume from stores on Thursday following the accusations of racism and responded by saying “The team behind Moana has taken great care to respect the cultures of the Pacific Islands that inspired the film, and we regret that the Maui costume has offended some, we sincerely apologize.”
The animated feature film is scheduled for release in November.