Commentary: These Cultural Appropriation Moms Vote!

by on 20/10/17 at 7:06 am

Frederica Wilson wanted to trick or treat as Dale Evans,but her husband nixed the Roy Rogers idea....

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL) wanted to trick or treat dressed as Dale Evans, but her husband didn’t want to drive her around in the Jeep with ‘Nelly Belle’ painted on the side….

Moms are freaking out that ‘Moana’ costume is ‘cultural appropriation’ By Jane Ridley, NY Post, October 16, 2017 | 4:51 pm | Updated

The scariest thing this Halloween for New York moms isn’t zombies or ghouls — it’s politically incorrect costumes.

An article on by Sachi Feris has been making the rounds on mommy Facebook groups. Feris writes that her 5-year-old daughter declared she wanted to be Polynesian Disney character Moana, which she worried would be “cultural appropriation.”

Her daughter’s other choice: Scandinavian Queen Elsa from the Disney movie “Frozen.”

“I had some reservations regarding both costume choices … about cultural appropriation and the power/privilege carried by Whiteness, and about Whiteness and standards of beauty,” she wrote.

Feris went on to describe a series of conversations with her daughter, particularly focusing on the ethics of dressing as Moana, who as a teen sets out on a treacherous sea journey to save her family’s island from famine and destruction — and succeeds.

In the end, Feris’s daughter decided to dress as Elsa — though Feris was concerned it might teach her short-haired brunette daughter that one must be white, blue-eyed and have long flaxen hair to be a “beautiful” princess.

But she nixed the Moana costume for Mickey Mouse, because, as Ferris wrote, “we don’t have to worry about making fun of anyone or dressing up as a culture different from our own because Mickey Mouse is a pretend mouse!

“One thing is for sure, our discussions around appropriate and inappropriate Halloween costumes will continue,” concluded Feris.

‘I recognize the need to be sensitive, I’m just wondering how you parse the nuances for a child.’

Her blog was almost universally praised by commenters. Yvette Brown, wrote: “I admire your perseverance in interacting with your daughter. … You also have given her essential values along with guidelines so she has the opportunity to grow, be creative, learn and find her way in the world.”

But another commenter named Amanda expressed reservations. “This feels murky,” she wrote. “I recognize the need to be sensitive, I’m just wondering how you parse the nuances for a child.”

Meanwhile, a New York mom of one daughter told The Post: “I think it’s silly to take children’s Halloween costumes so seriously. They’re kids, can’t they just be kids and not involved with the whole political correctness thing?

“Parents need to chill out a little bit.”

2 Responses to “Commentary: These Cultural Appropriation Moms Vote!”

  1. Philbert of Macadamia

    Oct 20th, 2017


    Perfect picture of the “Race Card” playing Congresswoman!

    She also tried to shoot the Jeep, when her husband said it had a flat tire!

  2. Bargis

    Oct 21st, 2017

    ……This so-called ‘representative-of-the-people’ is an embarrassment to every citizen. For once I’d love to see just one Democrat with some common sense and patriotism stand up and say……”Sit down-Clown…You don’t speak for me!”

    I don’t believe Fredricka really knows how stupid she looks wearing those idiotic hats. I guess she feels without it she’ll just be another loud empty barrel floating in the sea of fools.

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