Mixed response to The Wiggles gender-neutral message.
On Friday, band member Lachlan Gillespie (a.k.a. The Purple Wiggle) posed for a photo on Instagram while holding a sign that read: ‘Boys can be Emma’.
Emma Watkins is The Wiggles’ only female member. Therefore, Lachlan’s sign means it’s okay for boys to dress as girls if they want to.
The photo was shared to Instagram by Emma herself, alongside the supportive caption: ‘YES’.
It didn’t take long for Wiggles fans to praise Emma and Lachlan as ‘fantastic role models for boys and girls alike’.
One person wrote: ‘What we wear doesn’t define who we are. Go Wiggles!’
Not everyone was impressed though, and Em Rusciano had something to say to the doubters.
Some fans wrote, “Umm… sorry, no they can’t. It’s called biology,” one commenter wrote.
“What?! Farewell Wiggles, it’s been fun, but no. Boys can’t be Emma,” one Dad said.
Another was equally concerned about the gender-neutral message. “I have nothing against the LGBT community but please, please, don’t bring it into kids shows. Go my baby watch[es] and loves The Wiggles. Too young to be exposed to this. Just saying, cause that’s how it starts.”
Em soon fixed the naysayers with her response writing: “This is about little boys being encouraged to have female role models! Regardless of their sexuality. Teaching boys to look up to and respect women instead of seeing them as something to own and control will go a long way. Some of the comments she’s copping are MIND BLOWING!”
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I couldn’t love this any harder if I tried. I love it so much I want Beyoncé to adopt it and raise it in the manner it deserves! Boys CAN BE Emma Wiggle!! Of course they can!! Good on you @lachy_wiggle – this is a good and wonderful photo. EDIT: This is about little boys being encouraged to have female role models! Regardless of their sexuality. Teaching boys to look up to and respect women instead of seeing them as something to own and control will go a long way. Some of the comments she’s copping are MIND BLOWING!
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