I’m very sure that every Polynesian person wants some under-educated all-lie to speak on their behalf. There’s nothing quite like a descendant of the people who enslaved your ancestors coming out from under their rock and speaking over you to tell everyone how acceptable a depiction of one of your gods is. Especially when those same people white wash the fuck out of everything (especially religious characters) in a desperate attempt to remain relevant.
It’s almost funny how obvious it is that these people have not only never seen a Polynesian man, but have less than no idea what Māui looks like.
Māui depicted, reigning in the Sun.
Maybe if these entitled fools spent as much time studying anatomy and biology as they do offering up Eurocentric beauty standards as a way to marginalize people of color, they’d look less ignorant. But hey, I like being informed before speaking. I’m clearly a weirdo. *sips lemon juice*