HONOLULU, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles) – Earlier this year, when Columbia Pictures released the film ‘Aloha,’ Asian American groups protested the casting of Caucasian actress Emma Stone as Allison Ng, a character who was supposed to be part Hawaiian.
Now it seems that the tables have been turned.
Caucasian Americans are criticizing the casting of a Native Hawaiian in the role of a Disney princess.
For many decades, Disney Pictures has always cast white or fair-skinned princesses and other characters like Elsa in ‘Frozen, ‘Ariel in ‘The Little Mermaid,’ as well as the well-loved heroines in ‘Cinderella,’ ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ and ‘Snow White.’
Not only has Disney named its latest screen character, ‘Moana,’ but it has also chosen a Native Hawaiian to be the voice behind this Polynesian princess.
Disney’s recent announcement confirmed the casting of 14-year-old Auli’i Cravalho who hails from Mililani, Oahu, as Princess Moana.
The protesters lamented the fact that by casting a person of color to play the role of Moana, Disney has broken a long-held tradition of whiteness which has always made its fictional characters click and tick among American families as well as audiences worldwide.
When asked about the protest, executives at Disney Pictures merely said, “We don’t comment on ongoing controversies about our films.”