Critics say Disney costume has kids wear Polynesian "skin"

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By AUDREY McAVOY - Associated Press, 22 September 2016

HONOLULU (AP) — Pacific Islanders are speaking out against one of Disney's newest costumes, likening its long-sleeve brown shirt and long pants featuring full-body tattoos to a version of blackface.

The getup depicts the character Maui in the upcoming animated movie "Moana." Disney's online store offered pajamas in a similar design.

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Chelsie Haunani Fairchild says it's offputting to have a child wear the skin of another race. The Native Hawaiian college student says "Polyface is Disney's new version of blackface."

The Disney online store began selling the costume earlier this month, saying it has "padded arms and legs for mighty stature!" But on Wednesday, the costume and pajamas had been taken down. Disney didn't immediately comment.

"Moana" is due to be released in November.

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By AUDREY McAVOY - Associated Press, 22 September 2016

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