“Remember, also, Disney will settle on an outfit that's marketable and can be sold as a proprietary costume. Profit, after all, is the bottom line, and therefore Disney's main goal.”
Well, that main goal is here now. The Moana Halloween costumes are out - ahead of the November premiere of the film. And already they are mired in controversy again with some Poly’s
Wow. Really? Welcome to the 21st century, not the Flintstones era, people!
The brown body suit costume is offensive? What’s next? Standing at the beaches and at indoor tanning places protesting those who want to change the color of their skin to brown, albeit temporarily? Oi kafefe (Oh what kerfuffle! .. hahaa my own translation)
Why not complain about the price of the costumes? Yes, they are in the $40-$50 dollar range (US), equivalent to $90 - $100 Samoan money, for example. But that can be resolved and/or negotiated. See, the good thing is that us Poly's don’t have to pay the full price. It maybe free after all. Why and how?
Well, let’s look at it this way, if you are a Poly parent with real Poly kids (i.e with brown skin), then two thirds of the costume is already “bought” - and owned for life (unless of course you do the Michael Jackson thang, if ya know what I mean). The necklace and skirt can actually be made at home, with the seashells and leaves from just outside/around your house. If you live outside Samoa, you can use any leaves, or get them from any craft store and string 'em up. What’s left then is for you to go crazy with a body art marker and draw some tattoos on his “natural body suit”. Oh, how about the muscles? Well start taking your sons to the gym, or better yet, take them to McDonald's - they'll get big there quicker. LOL!!
As for those dressing up like Moana, just make an outfit like the one in the Disney picture. Your true brown Poly daughter will not have to paint herself brown. And then during Halloween - which is growing/gaining popularity in Samoa - all the little girls will be Moana - and what an effective bonding activity for the girls that will be.
So stop being overly sensitive, culturally. Lighten up! I'm sure there are a lot more pressing issues involving Polynesia than a mere Halloween costume. It'll be quite a treat, not a trick. Or maybe think about starting a Polynesian Media Association and file for the royalties from the sale of these and other Moana items. lol!! Ia fai aku ai fo'i.