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PETALING JAYA, October 26 — Australian children’s music group The Wiggles founder Anthony Field has apologised over an old video of the group’s Papadum song.
The music video originally shown in 2014 features singers donning traditional Indian attire and holding the thin flatbread in various positions and repeatedly singing Papadum throughout the song.
The presence of an Indian actress in the video, just holding the thin flatbread while smiling too, left many upset.
The music video has sparked criticisms from many for the culturally insensitive song and its lack of proper content on the Indian thin flatbread.
Field told Metro that he wrote the song and directed the clip on Pappadum song in 2014 which was meant as a celebration.
“It was not my intention to be culturally insensitive to the Indian community or to add value to ethnic stereotyping. Apologies,” he said.
A Twitter user sarcastically remarked that the Indian woman appeared to smile awkwardly while holding a papadum while the other cast members were singing.
The woman in the orange sari looks increasingly like she is in a hostage video and I have concerns about her well-being.— Zach 🇭🇰🇦🇲🥄 (@14thstreetblues) October 22, 2020
Also what in the world. https://t.co/IdmUdI58cc
Another commented that the song was absolutely disturbing and disgusting that it was even allowed in the first place.
Never really understood the argument of cultural appropriation until I saw this. It's absolutely disturbing that they could of filmed this thinking it was okay.— Callum Munro (@BareMunro) October 23, 2020
Lalita Pulavarti meanwhile said that the song lacked educational depth for children because of its lack of representation in terms of its actors and meaning of the Indian delectable snack papadum.
Really badly done. I don't find it offensive, just cringeworthy. Kids don't deserve good programming? Or ideas? Concept? Direction? Authenticity? Avoid bad actors and dumb script? No wonder their view of other cultures is so warped. This is what they see.— Lalita Pulavarti (@Lalita_Pulavart) October 23, 2020
The Papadum song which was released in 2014 was featured in an episode of Wiggles television show Ready, Steady, Wiggle! called Lachy’s Pappadum Party.