Is this Disney costume from Moana racist?
POLYNESIAN activists have accused entertainment giant Disney of promoting "brown face" with a Halloween costume allowing children
to dress up as the tattooed Pacific demi-god Maui.
The full-body, zip-up costume, linked to the upcoming animated feature Moana, features brown skin with traditional Pacific tattoos, a grass skirt and bone necklace.
Marama Fox, co-leader of New Zealand's Maori Party, accused Disney of aiming to "make a profit off the back of another culture's beliefs and history".
"(It's) no different to putting the image of one of our ancestors on a shower curtain or a beer bottle," she told Fairfax Media.
However, the movie does have some defenders, like Madeleine Chapman, a New Zealand-based journalist of Samoan descent.
In thespinoff.co.nz, she said: "After years...of seeing Samoan Spider-Man and Brown Batman at little kids' birthday parties, how incredible would it be to see white kids looking up to and wanting to be like the Polynesian hero in the movies?"