In a cute Instagram post that promoted acceptance and inclusiveness, Lachie and Emma Wiggle have managed to offend many parents.
The former husband-and-wife-duo shared an innocent photo of Lachie Wiggle holding a sign saying “Boys Can Be Emma”. This was a huge relief for parents that have been preaching that very message to their sons. It was, however, cause for uproar for others.
The Wiggles look a little different to The Wiggles most of us grew up with. For starters, 3 of them are different people – one of which is a girl. Then there was the period where 2 Wiggles were married. Maybe all these changes were enough to trigger the ‘old-school’ parents out there. You know, the ones that didn’t want a bar of Lachie and Emma’s “Boys Can Be Emma” poster.
So, when Emma innocently posted the photo of Lachie and his “Boys Can Be Emma” message, the response from parents was mixed, to say the least. The comments ranged from super supportive to rage-fueled threats of boycotting the children’s band altogether.
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The original post has been ‘liked’ over 20,000 times and has over 1,500 comments.
Angry parents by the dozen
The backlash from the image was immediate. Many parents suggesting that it sends a confusing message and is not an appropriate topic for children.
“Yeah because children aren’t already confused enough about the world,” a follower commented.
“No they can’t. #biology#science Glad my kids are now too old for your group. Please don’t confuse kids. Disappointed,” a parent posted.
“What?! Farewell Wiggles, it’s been fun, but no. Boys can’t be Emma,” a Dad said.
There were fans that celebrated the push for kids to express themselves freely. Many shared stories of their own sons idolising Emma Wiggle, sporting her iconic yellow headband everywhere they go.
“Yesssss. Just got my Emma crazed boy Emma slippers and he’s so happy!!” one mum announced.
“Yes!! So excited for my son to take dance classes while he grows up. Thanks for the influences.” another mum said.
“If you’re threatened by a small boy in a yellow bow or dress, you need to reassess your priorities.” a follower said.
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