As much as I loved Moana, I have to remind myself that Polynesians likely feel about it how I, as an Eastern Asian, feel about Avatar: the Last Airbender. As much as I adore atla, I always end up taking a moment to sit back and go “Ah, that cultural hodgepodge…..”
It always strikes me that non-Asians probably would only see one culture in the Fire Nation or the Earth Kingdom whereas I see several in any given scene. That being said, please keep in mind that Disney took elements of several Polynesian cultures and thrust them together in this movie. Take a moment to use Moana as an opportunity to do proper research and genuinely learn about different cultures.
That we were the generation that was fortunate enough to grow up with AMAZING shows with AMAZING characters that we could look up to.
These characters weren’t grown ups.
There was no corny humor.
Okay, a tiny bit.
But we were provided with well thought-out scripts, with excellent stories that had great casting from kids that loved to act and were passionate about what they did.
Also, they didn’t just play their part, they became that character that still lives on in our hearts to this day from our childhood, and I’m thankful for that.
I want kids to grow up with shows and movies that can inspire them to create-to want to become those characters when they’re outside playing with their friends or writing a story that can come from that world.
For the kids to inspired and to be grateful for the hard work those people did to create a show that helped them get through school, or a hard time in their life.
Because maybe one day, one of those kids will make a story, and it will be because of those characters that they grew up with, that contributed to creating a new story to tell to a new generation of kids, yearning to hear, look and listen to what the world has to provide to them.
Straight people matter, straight people birth you and created this world. The least you can do is respect them.
All you people are trying to do is fight fire with fire. You cant ask for acceptance and bash straight people on the other hand. And dont forget the awfull double standards your community has “dont straightwash characters” but it is fine if you turn characters into queers and mentall ill patients.
LGBT community you have a lot of problems to look into.