Blue Wiggle Anthony Field apologized for « culturally insensitive » song after hugely popular children’s group called out for racism
The Wiggles came under fire after a music video for the song Pappadum, which featured The Wiggles dressed in traditional Indian clothing and dancing alongside an Indian woman holding pappadum, resurfaced online
Twitter user Ashmi shared the video with the comment: « To be clear, this is not the performance I wanted »
Field quickly apologized for the 2014 song and video, saying it was meant as a celebration The lyrics of the song match the word « pappadum » or « pappa » repeated for over a minute and ends with the group biting into their pappadums
« I wrote the song and directed the music video in 2014 (which was meant to be a celebration), » he wrote on Twitter
« I did not intend to be insensitive to Indian culture towards the Indian community or add value to ethnic stereotypes Apologies »
When another Twitter user suggested that Field stream future songs from the community members he was referring to, Field replied, “Sure!
Others weighed in on the debate, some praising Field for his apologies, while others saying he had nothing to apologize for
Another wrote: « Absolutely awful and embarrassing content I don’t know why anyone would do this feature, let alone »
British actor Rahul Kohli, of Indian descent and currently featured on Netflix’s The Haunting of Bly Manor, also spoke, retweeting the video with the comment: « Almost every script I have have received since I left drama school «
Council of Ethnic Communities of Western Australia Suresh Rajan said he was happy to see Field’s apology and had no doubt the group would use them as a learning experience
The Wiggles, Pappadum, Anthony Field, Blue Wiggle, Lachlan Gillespie
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