So yes, I admit that we crossed over to the dark side yesterday and attended a live Wiggles concert. The tickets weren't too expensive, the place wasn't too far away, and I have to admit I have a soft spot for Le Wiggles.
In my pre-child days, I had heard some faint, faint murmurings about them, but as I had no children, I paid absolutely no attention. I don't even remember asking my mother for the boxed DVD set Mr. Personality received for his second birthday.
But, in Mr. Personality's early years I didn't have many DVD's (this was pre-Bob the Builder era) so I popped one in on a sunny morning. Mr. Personality did not like them. He screeched at me to turn them off, and so The Wiggles were not heard again until perhaps six months later. After that, he loved them.
And as my luck would have it, they had just finished touring the West coast for the year, so no dice on seeing a performance.
When I first viewed these singing and dancing wonders from Down Under, I was instantly struck by their uttler lack of guile. They actually seemed to be enjoying what they were doing. I hunted for a sign that they were being condescending or fake. I couldn't find one. Don't get me wrong, they make an enormous amount of money for their act, and I am sure that plays a big part in why they do it, but I think they do a wonderful job.
I find myself looking for strong male role models in the entertainment world, and I honestly think that as silly as it sounds, The Wiggles fit the bill. All of them except Jeff have children, and it really shows in the way they communicate. They seem to genuinely love singing and dancing, as well as entertaining. They also seem to truly like each other as people, which I find refreshing. They just seem like decent guys you would invite over for a barbeque.
My opinions were definitely reinforced during the show. At first, the set had me a bit underwhelmed, but little kids don't really need a set befitting Aida. They tried to make it fun for the parents as well, with little inside jokes. For example, they have a segment called "Music with Murray" and he began to play "Stairway to Heaven" on his guitar. Of course it was on purpose, but it got a laugh anyway. They all were laughing and smiling, truly having a good time and playing jokes upon each other throughout the show. They made a huge production out of pointing out all the signs that people had made and reading them, and for finding out people's birthdays and such. To a child, that kind of attention is priceless.
Personally I would go see them again next year, but I fear that The Wiggles will have lost a good bit of their hold on Mr. Personality.
But I just might take him anyway, as I have a huge crush on Anthony and it will give me a second chance to throw my panties on the stage.