By Grace Vasquez
Wow now the pc police is coming after Halloween. I’m just going to say it, they seem to suck the fun out of everything don’t they?
So the article making the rounds is from Cosmo entitled “Maybe Don’t Dress Your Kid Up As Moana This Halloween? It’s on you to teach your kid not to be racially insensitive” but the original article is from a mom who wrote a blog for Raising Children Race Concious “Moana, Elsa and Halloween” and a second article followed in the New York Post.
The blogger Sachi Feris writes she shielded her 5 year old from Disney movies until earlier this year when her daughter learned the song “Let It Go” from the movie “Frozen” with her friends. In August her daughter said she wanted to go as either “Moana” or “Elsa” from ‘Frozen’ and that’s when Feris had a problem she wrote, “I had some reservations regarding both costume choices…about cultural appropriationand the power/privilege carried by Whiteness, and about Whiteness and standards of beauty…and so our conversations began:
“Elsa is an imaginary or made-up character. Moana is based on real history and a real group of people…if we are going to dress up a real person, we have to make sure we are doing it in a way that is respectful. Otherwise, it is like we are making fun of someone else’s culture.” Now, Feris said her only problem with the fictitious Elsa character was that she was White Princess and it sent the message “that you have to be a certain way to be “beautiful” or to be a “princess”…that you have to have White skin, long, blonde hair, and blue eyes.”
Whew. I’m going to cut to the chase here. In my opinion this entire “culture appropriation” or “race insensitivity” is way over the top. Growing up I was taught you don’t make fun of other people or tease them but my goodness we were allowed to be kids and enjoy our childhood too. This culture appropriation thing is too heavy to lay on the shoulders of a five year old. My brother and I played “Batman and Robin” when we were kids. Guess who was Robin? In today’s pc run amok world would I be wrong to play Robin because I was appropriating a white male super hero role and I was a little skinny Texican chica? Or is that okay because I’m female and I want to do something that was meant only for a male? Wow, thank goodness I’m not a kid today.
It’s Halloween people! Get a grip and have fun! All I can say to these parents that over think this costume thing is I better not see them wearing a sombrero and downing Tequila shots on Cinco De Mayo or this Mexican American will be offended…NOT! Ay Caramba! ~grace