This week, the Disney Store removed all traces of Maui costumes and clothing from the upcoming animated film, Moana.
The film takes place in a Polynesian setting where Moana, the daughter of the village’s chief, goes on a sea adventure with her demigod friend Maui in order to save her island.
Though the film is slated to open the week of Thanksgiving, it has created enough buzz to warrant a slew of Halloween costumes…which was immediately followed by controversy.
A vocal minority felt as though Maui’s skin should not be used as a costume for the sake of cultural appropriation. The tattoos are a major part of Polynesian culture as well as the film itself.
Offended parties took to social media to voice their distaste with the costume and Disney had it removed from both their physical and online stores in about a week.
Do you feel Disney made the right decision?