Disney pulls ‘brownface’ Moana costume

Disney has withdrawn a children’s costume promoting its forthcoming film Moana, after accusations of cultural appropriation.

The costume, a full-body suit with brown skin, traditional tattoos, grass skirt and bone necklace, represents the character Maui, considered a demi-god and ancestor by many Polynesians.

Activists said it was “brownface”, or mocking of the culture by creating stereotypes.