Parents blast kids' group The Wiggles for 'not making skirts for boys'

Parents blast popular children’s group The Wiggles for ‘not making skirts for boys’ as the band announce new Emma costumes

Australian children’s group The Wiggles have come under scrutiny for not including ‘skirts for boys’ in their latest costume pack.

The band announced their new ‘Emma Costumes for Everyone’ range on Wednesday. The packaging shows girls wearing skirts and pants while the boys only wear pants.

Some parents have criticised the group for this, arguing that the product should have included a skirt specifically made for boys.

‘My boys love wearing tutus!’ Australian children’s group The Wiggles have come under scrutiny for not including ‘skirts for boys’ in their latest costume pack. Pictured (L-R): Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins, Lachlan Gillespie and Anthony Field on November 27, 2019, in Sydney

Others said the packaging should have featured at least one boy wearing a skirt, to show that it’s okay for boys to do so.

‘Would have been nice to show boys in skirts too,’ one parent wrote on Instagram.

Another commented: ‘So excited! Although my son asked for a skirt so I guess he’ll be coming to the concert in a skirt, I don’t mind.’

‘Would have been nice to show boys in skirts too,’ a third added, as another replied: ‘My grandson still loves wearing the Emma dress.’ 

Product: The band announced their new ‘Emma Costumes for Everyone’ range on Instagram on Wednesday. The packaging shows girls in skirts and pants while the boys only wear pants

‘Why are there girls wearing pants but no boys wearing dresses? My boys love wearing tutus and dresses for dancing,’ one fan commented.

‘Girls in pants but not boys in skirts,’ another wrote alongside a sad-face emoji. 

Emma Watkins, a.k.a. the ‘Yellow Wiggle’, wears a costume that features a yellow skivvy, a matching bow, and a black-and-yellow tutu.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted a representative for The Wiggles for comment. 

Criticism: Some parents have criticised the group for this, arguing that the product should have included a skirt specifically made for boys

Emma is joined in The Wiggles by ‘Red Wiggle’ Simon Pryce, ‘Purple Wiggle’ Lachlan Gillespie and ‘Blue Wiggle’ Anthony Field.

The Wiggles are known for being inclusive and progressive when it comes to children who wish to dress in clothes that aren’t typically associated with their gender.

In July 2019, Emma said it was ‘wonderful to see’ boys dressing up as her character in the audience at the band’s concerts.

‘The boys are wearing bow-ties and very interesting outfits, bows down their shirts, bows in their shoes, and in their hair. It’s bow crazy!’ she said.

Kind: The Wiggles are known for being inclusive when it comes to children who dress in clothes that aren’t typically associated their with gender. In 2019, band member Lachlan Gillespie posted a photo to Instagram of himself holding a sign that read, ‘Boys can be Emma’

Two months earlier, Lachlan had posted a photo to Instagram of himself holding a sign that read, ‘Boys can be Emma.’ 

The positive message for transgender youth was widely praised by parents and members of the public at the time.

Last month, Lachlan revealed that he and his fiancée, ballet dancer Dana Stephensen, had welcomed twin daughters. 

Neither Lachlan nor Dana had given any hint they were expecting, meaning fans were completely surprised by the announcement. 

Famous costume: Emma Watkins, a.k.a. the ‘Yellow Wiggle’, wears a costume that features a yellow skivvy, a matching bow, and a black-and-yellow tutu. Pictured on November 27, 2019

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