Jordan Fisher Defends Moana Costumes After Cultural Appropriation Concerns

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Halloween is a time where countless people seem to think it’s okay to appropriate various cultures. We’ve seen SO many celebrities wear offensive costumes on October 31st like it’s no big deal, and then continue to do so even after people call them out.

This year there’s been a big controversy over Moana costumes, with some people saying dressing up as the Polynesian Disney princess IS cultural appropriation, and others saying there’s nothing offensive about it. Dancing With the Stars contestant Jordan Fisher, who starred in Disney’s Teen Beach Movie and sang on the Moana soundtrack, falls into the latter category.

“All these articles about not dressing your kids up as Moana is unreal,” the 23-year-old tweeted this morning. “As someone with Polynesian blood, as well as lots of other things, lemme see some white, black, Asian, mixed girl or even BOY Moanas. Let kids do what they wanna do. It’s freaking Halloween.”

This isn’t the first time a Moana-inspired costume caused offense. Back in September, Disney pulled several items, including a Maui costume, from stores because they seemingly promoted brownface.

“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” a Disney representative told HuffPost. “We sincerely apologize and are pulling the costume from our website and stores.”

Jordan’s tweets are getting tons of positive feedback, so it seems like a lot of people agree with his perspective.