OG Red Wiggle Murray Cook Reveals The Sad Truth Behind Their Iconic Hand Gesture

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"It's a shame..."

There are three things The Wiggles are well known for:

2. Hits like Big Red Car and Hot Potato.

3. Their signature hand gesture.

The Wiggles’ hand gesture is an iconic part of our childhood and has been around for more than 30 years. 

You know you've got yourself a Wiggles’ fan when they shake their index and thumb at you. It’s as iconic as The Big Red Car.

But the way the iconic hand gesture came about will shock you. The Wiggles’ co-founder Murray Cook told SBS' The Feed that the hand gesture was created to show where the group's hands were when they were photographed with children.

Cook told The Feed's Marc Fennell that when you're "a teacher in early childhood, you have to be aware that you can be accused of things."

"In photos for instance, if there are kids there, if you've got your hands doing this [Wiggles finger gesture], everyone sees where your hands are.

"It's a shame that it's an issue, but it's an issue and you have to protect yourself, as well."

We weren't expecting that. But it makes sense, and we applaud the move (literally).

The Aussie childhood entertainers formed back in 1991 with the OGs Anthony Field, Phillip Wilcher, Murray Cook, Greg Page, and Jeff Fatt. 

The current group consists of Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, and Emma Watkins.

Image: The Wiggles/ABC


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