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Mom warns that girl’s Moana halloween costume could be seen as ‘cultural appropriation’

By WITW Staff on October 20, 2017

A mother’s concern that allowing her daughter to dress as Polynesian Disney princess Moana might be construed as “cultural appropriation” has led to a widespread discussion about the issue on Facebook. In an article published to, Sachi Feris wrote that her 5-year-old daughter had wanted to dress as either Moana or Elsa, the Scandinavian Disney princess from Frozen.

“I had some reservations regarding both costume choices … about cultural appropriation and the power/privilege carried by Whiteness, and about Whiteness and standards of beauty,” wrote Feris.

Feris said that she broached the topic with her daughter, before ultimately deciding that she would nix the Moana costume so as to avoid “[having] to worry about making fun of anyone or dressing up as a culture different from our own.”

While many supported Feris’ sensitivity and her “perseverance in interacting with [her] daughter,” some questioned whether children should have to worry about appropriating other cultures.

“I think it’s silly to take children’s Halloween costumes so seriously. They’re kids, can’t they just be kids and not involved with the whole political correctness thing?” one New York mother told The Post. “Parents need to chill out a bit.”

Read the full story at The New York Post.


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