Say the words ‘The Wiggles’ and most Australians will have an almost instinctive reaction: thumbs up, index finger pointed. Wiggles fingers.
But the iconic gesture is more than just a catchy dance move or even effective branding, it’s a reflection of a sad truth about children’s safety.
Speaking to Marc Fennell on SBS programme The Feed, Murray Cook, one of the founding members of the legendary group and the original Red Wiggle, explained that the ‘Wiggles fingers’ move was created out of necessity.
“The thing of being a man in early childhood [education], when you’re a teacher in early childhood, you have to be aware that you can be accused of things,” he said.
“In photos for instance, if there are kids there, if you’ve got your hands doing this [gesture], everyone sees where your hands are.”
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