According to liberal parenting blogger Sachi Feris — author of Raising Race Conscious Children — allowing your child to dress up as Elsa from Disney's animated movie, "Frozen," for Halloween is offensive and sends a bad message to young children.
Feris wrote that allowing children to dress up as Queen Elsa — a white, flaxen-haired, blue-eyed Disney princess — incorrectly reinforces a notion that white beauty is supreme.
Feris revealed in the September blog post that her 5-year-old daughter wanted to dress up as either Moana or Elsa. She wrote that she found both costumes problematic.
Dressing up as the titular character of "Moana" was cultural appropriation, and dressing up as Elsa promoted white beauty, according to Feris.
"I had some reservations regarding both costume choices," she wrote, "about cultural appropriation and the power/privilege carried by Whiteness, and about Whiteness and standards of beauty."
About the Elsa costume, Feris wrote, "There is one thing I don’t like about the character of Elsa. I feel like because Elsa is a White princess, and we see so many white princesses, her character sends the message that you have to be a certain way to be 'beautiful' or to be a 'princess.'"
With regard to the Moana costume, Feris said, "I don’t like the idea of dressing up using the same traditional clothing that someone from Moana’s culture may have worn because that feels like we are laughing at her culture by making it a costume."
Were there others who agreed?
Yes. Many people on social media as well as in the comments section of the article supported Feris's sentiments about "offensive" Halloween costumes, and even editors at Redbook entered the fray.
In an article written last week, a Redbook editor agreed with Feris and wrote, "If your kid wears a racist costume, you're kind of wearing it too."
"If you missed the mark when you were younger, maybe think about using this Halloween as an opportunity to teach your kids about the importance of cultural sensitivity," the article noted.
The writer of the article later added that such offensives are as prominent as they are because "racist a--holes" in America run rampant. Redbook even brought President Donald Trump into the costume discussion.
"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," the article continued.
"Our President is a hate group apologist who tries to ban refugees from seeking asylum in our country, simply because of their faith," the article added. "Meanwhile, Black Americans continue to be killed by police, and anti-Semitic voices feel louder and more powerful than they have in decades."
What does this have to do with Halloween?
According to Redbook, a lot.
"Pretty much everything," to be quite specific.
"It's important to align with, and stand up for, people of color and minorities, and a key part of that is showing respect for their cultures," the article's writer explained.
What's the problem with all of this?
Aside from the fact that Feris is talking to her 5-year-old daughter like she's reading aloud a dissertation for a college course on social justice, it seems problematic that a white woman would prevent her white daughter from dressing up as her "hero" of the minute, Moana.
It seems highly doubtful that a 5-year-old child would ironically choose a Moana costume to mock or laugh at the Polynesian culture.
Wouldn't the child likely — and honestly — only choose the costume because the child has a deep love and respect for the fictional Polynesian character?
Frankly speaking, what's wrong with that?