I’ve got another PSA about Moana, the new Poly Princess! If you see my last one here it is.
I’ve seen a bit of backlash about the Polynesian Demi God, Maui. A lot of people have called him Obese, and that they don’t like the weight/physical appearance of the character.
And to be honest, even Moana looks a wee bit heavier set than another Disney Princess.
For example, look at Repunzels legs compared to Moanas. They’re skinnier, and her arms too!
You know why Repunzel is smaller than Moana? Because she’s a German fairytale, but Moana? Man, she’s from the islands, we’re from the islands, we eat fish, we eat coconuts, we eat pineapples, we eat what we can (Tongans are known to eat horses), we are BIGGER, we are built bigger, we are meant to be bigger.
Tongan Men, Samoan men, they’re HUGE, girls are big too. The thing is, is that you will get a mix of big girls and little girls. My cousins out of the states, they’re small I suppose, but then my aunts, they can be quite a bit bigger.
Also, much like the old days, the bigger you are, the better you seam, you know? Like you can eat, WOW! The king of Tonga and his daughter are big people man, they’re respected, sure, but when I say they’re big, I mean they’re heavy.
It’s a meaning of respect and power mostly, to be heavy set. So when you look at Maui, a demi god, he’s going to be huge!
Finally, just look, Disney is just a bunch of story tellers who are trying to tell a Polynesian story, one of adventure and courage, and they’re trying to do it accurately.
I mean, they’ve casted a Hawaiian girl, Auli’i Cravalho to voice Moana and The Rock (who’s mother is Samoan) to voice Maui.
They’re trying. Trust me, Disney is trying. And as a Tongan girl, I appreciate it so so SO very much.
Me, a salty brown bitch who’s tired of being told how fucking appreciative I should be of shows featuring White protagonists and their comic relief stereotyped sidekicks of color : I give zero fucks about the mayonnaise protagonist of a show that banked off an ensemble cast featuring a Latinx boy, a disabled Asian with PTSD, a Samoan boy, and a girl as the co-leads
Some (probably) pasty White Keith stan with “fingerless gloves” in their URL:
Dude, if you’re interesting in my culture (or any culture, for that matter), you should be free to explore that culture and learn more about the people, languages, lifestyles, etc. Honestly, I don’t get how people are like “but it’s cultural appropriation” when others respectfully explore other cultures and then the next moment say “multiculturalism ftw!!”
Choose one or the other. Let others find out about the world through different sets of eyes, or be for segregation. You can’t be both.
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: I’m super honored if y’all are interested in Indian culture. I’m far from offended if a white person, a black person, a Native American, a Chinese person, or anyone for that matter wears a sari or churidar or cooks Indian food from time to time with all due respect to the culture or is actively attempting to learn more. I’m super duper happy!!
I recently had a Samoan girl at school approach me and ask me if I was Indian, and I said yes, and she was super excited! She said she was very interested in Indian culture and she learned some Hindi here and there by watching Bollywood movies, and it was great!! A lot of people begin learning about Indian culture from Bollywood movies, and I was so happy to find out someone of a different place was interested in learning about the place I’m from (and have even lived in).
A lot of people talk about how white people can’t participate in certain ceremonies like tea ceremonies or wear cultural dresses, even if they’re being respectful and aware of the culture. By that logic, I shouldn’t have been allowed to learn English, German, and Japanese. I love all three languages and the cultures behind each language, and it’s so interesting to learn how the culture I grew in is very similar to Japanese culture, or how things are done very differently in America and Germany. I despite Tumblr’s logic; instead of allowing people to expand their horizons, it limits them severely because of “feelz”. Most people out there are absolutely ecstatic to know that you’re interested in their cultures, so don’t be afraid to learn more, just because you’re white or something like that.
If you’re white…I think it’s great to go back to your roots, because the so called “white culture” on Tumblr is made up of so many different cultures (Norwegian culture, Polish culture, Hungarian culture, etc), and while people tend to gloss over that…really, it’s all quite interesting! Be proud of where you come from. You can acknowledge the flaws in your country, but it’s also just as possible to love your country despite the flaws.
tldr: Go out and pursue your education of different countries and cultures. I don’t care if what race you are, and I believe that you guys are respectful of those from different places and cultures…so despite what the people on Tumblr may tell you, JUST DO IT!!!
A few years ago I had a layover in Denver. I met a Samoan girl named Rae and we drank little ounce and a half bottles of liquor I had in my backpack and laughed too much for strangers. I remember sitting on one of those repulsive airport chairs that is made from a thin swathe of artificial leather stretched between to rungs and it was one of the wider ones (for very fat people, maybe?) and she was laying perpendicular to the position of its intended user with her knees draped over the arm rest and her head in my lap and I’d never met her before but that didn’t matter. I said I’d visit her again but we both knew I never would and that made the this a little sadder and the sadness amplified whatever else there was around it. Those are the moments that tarnish the etched and bring contrast to my life. I sometimes feel defined by the little moments I could never change rather that the dynamic world I’ve created around me.