In this day and age of acceptance and racial diversity, you can thank Disney Studios for the latest Princess with Dark Skin, Moana! Not without controversy. Moana’s Brownface costumes have started an internet roar, with flashbacks to the early days of blackface to the je m’en fou of its all in fun anyway! You know that any publicity is good publicity, so Moana has gotten off to a raging start!
This full-length animated film features our favorite characters in the Polynesian style, full-body tattoos and all. Because of certain trademark conflicts, the picture will be titled Vaiana in many countries. (OK, who came up with Moana anyway, its a bit wimpy, like “she who moans!) The picture will be titled Oceania in Italy, while the name of the protagonist will be Vaiana in lieu of Moana, presumably to avoid confusion with an Italian porn star of the same name, Moana Pozzi. More complications. But a step in the diversity direction, which seems to be a trendy move these days. So add Moana to your list of”must-sees.”