My overall internal turmoil regarding Moana
It seems that I can’t stop writing about Moana because I haven’t quite expressed how I feel about it: idk, it’s super complicated, but I expected to feel this way, despite supporting the film. Ultimately, I think that there were more positives than negatives for me, but still. The action of taking elements of multiple islands and passing it off as something vaguely Polynesian is something that can be tremendously harmful.
You’re kind of stuck between: well, do I take this representation and be happy that it’s here or do I completely reject the act of homogenizing Pasefika peoples and commodifying our cultures?