The Wiggles have released a new Yellow Wiggle costume for kids, which would normally be a cause for celebration amongst little Wiggles fans and their parents.
But one detail in an Instagram post announcing the new outfits has caused some parents to scratch their heads.
By popular demand, there is now a girl’s version of Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins’ outfit featuring black pants instead of her trademark black tutu skirt.
But there is no equivalent option for boys to wear Emma’s tutu, and in the Instagram pictures, the boys are only wearing trousers.
Parents took to the comments section to ask why there was no boy’s tutu.
“This is basically just coming across to me that boys shouldn’t just be happy in what they want and wear the dress version,” one mum wrote.
“It’s separating the genders and caving to social gender norms instead of letting kids dress up as who they want to, without worrying about it not being socially acceptable,” another person commented.
“Would have been nice to show boys in skirts too … What’s the problem with boys with a skirt?”
Others didn’t have a problem with keeping things gender-separate.
“How about for girls, it’s an Emma costume. For boys, it’s a Greg costume,” one male Instagrammer wrote, referring to Greg Page, the former Yellow Wiggle and one of the group’s founding members.
One person answered that with a firm “NO!”
“Some girls may want to be Greg, some boys may want to be Emma. Let them decide,” they said.
“Heck, if a girl wants to be Simon, Anthony or Lachy, HAVE AT IT!
“The Wiggles are for kids, who are we as adults to define who their favourite is?!”
Others simply said they would work around the issue by buying the girl’s costume and giving it to their boys.
Last year Watkins and her former husband Lachlan Gillespie posted a picture of Gillespie wearing Emma’s yellow hair bow and holding a sign saying “Boys can be Emma.”
“I thought everyone could dress up as Emma before, skirt or pants!,” one woman responded to Wednesday’s Instagram post.
“It would be SO wonderful to see a ‘bowtiful’ little boy modelling an Emma dress!”
The costumes are for sale at Big W, Costume Box and Costume Super Centre Australia.