The popular Australian singing group and kids' show The Wiggles has updated their cast of characters to be more diverse for their show Fruit Salad TV. This move toward inclusion angered conservatives.
The Wiggles added 15-year-old Tsehay who was adopted from Ethiopia; 30-year-old John Pearce who is a personal trainer and Justice Crew dancer with a Filipino background; 45-year-old Kelly Hamilton who is a Chinese-Australian dancer who's performed with Beyoncé and P!nk; and 24-year-old Evie Ferris who is an Indigenous Australian dancer from Cairns.
Though conservatives don't seem to be angriest about at new human Wiggles cast members.
They're mostly upset with a yellow unicorn named Shirley Shawn who identifies as nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns.
Two other nonbinary characters are a dancing police officer named Officer Beaples and Bok the hand puppet.
One of the founding Wiggles, Blue Wiggle Anthony, said:
"As society has evolved, we have embraced the need for diversity and inclusiveness and want children all over the world to see themselves reflected on the screen."
'It's so important that The Wiggles continue to evolve along with our society."
"This is the first step towards shaping The Wiggles for the next 30 years, taking us in a direction that truly represents and serves our community more inclusively.'
Queensland Senator Matt Canavan was especially upset about the diversity.
Canavan unironically told The Australian:
"The Wiggles are free to do what they like. It was nice while it lasted."
"But you go woke, you go broke."
The Wiggles are one of the most successful musical kids' shows around, raking in $30 million a year.
Perth radio station 6PR presenter Oliver Peterson said he didn't "understand" why a non-binary unicorn was included, calling it "odd."
"If someone can enlighten me, if somebody could tell me why they have to have a non-binary unicorn, I'd love to know."
"It seems a little bit odd."
Regardless of all the hate from conservatives, the reaction to the shows' news was positive overall.
Founder Anthony also said:
"It's so important that The Wiggles continue to evolve along with our society."
"This is the first step towards shaping The Wiggles for the next 30 years, taking us in a direction that truly represents and serves our community more inclusively."
While not everyone is enthusiastic about diversity or inclusion, there sour grapes are unlikely to hurt The Wiggles Fruit Salad TV much.