Halloween is just around the corner. Because of this, the authoritarian left has been hard at work trying to control the lives of others by actively campaigning against wearing certain costumes. For example, just recently, a liberal blogger published an article speaking out against a costume of Elsa from the Disney movie “Frozen.” According to her, doing so promotes “white beauty.”
Specifically, Sachi Feris, who writes for the website “Raising Race Conscious Children,” posted an article earlier this week, titled “Moana, Elsa, and Halloween,” about an exchange she had with her younger daughter where she pushed back against her daughter’s desire to dress up as Elsa for Halloween this year. In the same article, Feris also wrote about arguing with her daughter, who wanted to be Moana from the Disney movie “Moana” next Halloween, regarding that costume idea as well.
“My five-year-old, who I had successfully shielded from Disney princesses until recently, finally figured out that ‘Let it go’ (which she had been singing with her friends for a over a year), was from the movie ‘Frozen.’ My daughter promptly demanded to see ‘Frozen’ along with ‘Moana,’ inspired by a Moana-themed birthday party favor (sunglasses),” began Feris.
“We saw both films within the month and, in early August, she declared that she wanted to be ‘Elsa’ from ‘Frozen’ this Halloween, and ‘Moana’ the following Halloween,” she continued, noting, “[but] 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.”
Consequently, Feris told her daughter, “Elsa is an imaginary or made-up character. Moana is based on real history and a real group of people…if we are going to dress up a real person, we have to make sure we are doing it in a way that is respectful. Otherwise, it is like we are making fun of someone else’s culture.”
Her daughter, however, was not convinced by her reasoning and insisted that she be allowed to dress as Elsa this year and Moana next year so Feris tried to clarify her concerns. “There is one thing I don’t like about the character of Elsa,” explained Feris in response to her daughter’s insistence on dressing up as the fictional character.
“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’ [and] that you have to have White skin, long, blonde hair, and blue eyes,” she reasoned, noting, “I don’t like that.”
But Feris’ comments are blatantly racist and completely absurd. First, it’s racist because Feris is using the fictional character’s race to making a negative judgment about the motives of its creators.
Second, her claim is absurd because a white princess with blonde hair and blue eyes in a Disney movie doesn’t necessarily send the message that “you have to be a certain way to be ‘beautiful.’ or to be a ‘princess.’” It could just be that she happens to be white with blonde hair and blue eyes. Using Feris’ reasoning, it would also follow that Princess Jasmine from the movie “Aladdin” and Pocahontas from the movie “Pocahontas” promote “brown beauty,” which is clearly ridiculous. The character’s race, hair, and eye color have nothing to do with promoting beauty standards.
Shockingly, Feris also wrote about her concern over her daughter, who has blonde hair, changing her hair color to look more like the popular Disney princess. “I’m not sure I like the idea of you changing your hair color to dress up as Elsa—because I think Elsa’s character could also be a short, brown-haired character like you,” she recalled telling her daughter.
Thankfully, her daughter doubled down and insisted on dressing up as close to the real character as possible. Defeated, Feris agreed to the Elsa costume but still maintained reservations about the Moana costume.
Later in the article, Feris recounted what she told her daughter about her desire to be Moana next Halloween. Specifically, she told her daughter, “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. A child whose family is Polynesian could dress up using that type of traditional clothing but Moana’s culture is not our culture.”
Again, Feris’ comments are absolutely absurd. This is because there’s a huge difference between dressing up as a person and dressing up as a race. The former honors a person while the latter stereotypes a group of people.
After expressing her concern about the costume to her daughter, Feris then tried to offer her alternative ideas. “If you want you could dress up as someone from one of your cultures, you could be a tango dancer from Argentina…(or as Che Guevara!). Otherwise, maybe you could be a modern-day Moana and dress up in the clothing you think Moana might wear today.”
Sadly, Feris’ mission to dissuade her daughter, which was utterly laughable, actually worked. Frustrated, her daughter relented and decided to be Mickey Mouse for Halloween next year instead.
The authoritarian left must not be allowed to control the lives of others. To stop this from happening, conservatives should continue speaking out against their misguided attempt to tell people what costumes they can and cannot wear on Halloween.