But it’s not a choice of an item of self expression. It’s not a necklace or a tattoo or painted nails or trendy sunglasses. All of these are now allowed and they get combined with costumes that often are getting worse in their design and approved accessories like those big, bulky ugly water bottle holders (and that doesn’t mean Cast Members should not have water, it means Disney should design holders that match costumes instead of using a single ugly solution). I do think the big black shoes look awful and would very much welcome more options. Obviously shoes have certain safety considerations but it seems just having different colors wouldn’t be too much.I think this assumes a CM can't simultaneously fill a role and express themselves (to a reasonable degree). Even before the policy on jewelry was modified (2+ years prior to this latest update iirc), there were exceptions: religious jewelry, engagement and wedding rings, etc. If these things don't detract from the guest experience, why should my grandmother's necklace? You could go back and forth on these kinds of specifics all day. Yes, a POTC CM's blue nail polish is contradictory to the theme, but so are the black sneakers they got from Walmart, which have been Disney Look compliant at that location for decades. Should they be wearing period accurate boots? Where do you draw the line? For every careful detail Disney adds to an environment to make it seem authentic, there are a hundred more that could potentially break immersion.
These are glorified hourly customer service jobs, and at the end of the day, CMs are real people with lives who deserve to feel comfortable in their own skin while on their feet for long hours, sometimes seven days a week. Disney Look isn't going anywhere, it will always require CMs to be well groomed and presentable, and extreme body modifications, makeup, etc. still aren't permitted and won't be anytime soon. Despite all the fear mongering, this is not a slippery slope that will ultimately lead to CMs in Liberty Square looking like Hot Topic employees. It's a very simple, reasonable adjustment, and I'm honestly pretty shocked by the outpouring of negativity from fans.
And we’re right back to questioning costumes. If desiring any sort of uniform look is dehumanizing then so is requiring people to wear and launder cheaply made communal uniforms.