If your daughter is white and is dying to be the Disney princess Moana this Halloween, better tell her NO because if she does… she’ll basically be a racist.
An article published in Cosmopolitan magazine is facing a backlash of criticism because it claims white parents must not allow their white daughters from dressing up as Moana this Halloween.
What did the article claim?
- It’s your job as a parent to “teach your kids about the importance of cultural sensitivity” and allowing your white child to dress up as Moana is “racist.”
- White girls have plenty of “princesses to choose from”: “If your Caucasian son or daughter doesn’t get to be exactly what they wanted for Halloween, encourage them to take a step back and realize that they’re awash in privileges that the real Moanas and Tianas of the world will likely never see, because the world is full of racist a**holes”
- It’s important to stand up for people of color and minorities, meaning “showing respect” for their cultures: “To pretend to be a racial, ethnic, or religious minority when you’re not makes light of their history — and reinforces a deeply problematic power dynamic, wherein white people use, then discard, pieces of cultures they’ve subjugated for centuries just because they can.”
- The time is now to teach your children: “There’s no better time than when a kid is in their formative years to teach them that it’s not OK to mock other people’s cultures. That’s the sort of attitude that will ultimately bleed into the way they behave and think as they get older — do they respect the personhood of those unlike themselves, or is their only concern doing whatever they think is fun?”
- It’s not about putting a “damper” on Halloween fun: “This isn’t about putting a damper on your kid’s creativity; it’s about exercising sensitivity towards anyone who doesn’t get to choose how the world at large sizes them up. Whether or not your kids get that is up to you.”
- Oh, and President Donald Trump is a “racist a**hole: “Our President is a hate group apologist who tries to ban refugees from seeking asylum in our country, simply because of their faith.”
So do people agree?
Many have said the article was extremely hypocritical coming from the left — while many claimed banning white kids from celebrating other cultures is counterintuitive to the point the author made.
First stop telling me to abort them or raise them as gender neutral and then I'll consider your opinion https://t.co/gQwdfGi8Bp
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) October 24, 2017
Stop ruining childhoods already and stop projecting your adult baggage onto kids. https://t.co/S7y7LPgzlm
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) October 24, 2017
PS: If it isn't racially insensitive to exploit Polynesian culture for profit, then it isn't racially insensitive to dress up as Moana. https://t.co/Bzz9Cmnc0O
— Halloweeneon (@neontaster) October 24, 2017