Federal Liberal National MP George Christensen has accused The Wiggles of “peddling a vegan agenda” to children with its hit songs such as “Hot Potato” and “Fruit Salad.”
Mr Christensen, who famously made the formerly progressive Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gut the Safe Schools anti-bullying program, says The Wiggles’ songs were “indoctrinating” children.
“I don’t want the children of Australia to grow up to believe that the only things worth eating are fruit salad and hot potatoes,” Mr Christensen said. “And definitely not cold spaghetti.”
“Australian parents must wake up to the fact that vegans use insidious methods to convert people to their self-righteous ways,” Mr Christensen added.
“Hot Potato” and “Fruit Salad” are songs from The Wiggles’ 1994 album Yummy Yummy. Over their career, The Wiggles have earned several Platinum, Double Platinum and Multi-Platinum records, as well as selling 23 million DVDs and 7 million CDs, and have performed, on average, to one million people per year.
The Wiggles were listed at the top of Business Review Weekly's top-earning Australian entertainers four years in a row, and earned $45 million in 2009.
Despite containing only 13 different words, “Hot Potato” could be used by vegans to indoctrinate children against eating dead animals, Mr Christensen said.
The Seagull asked Mr Christensen whether potatoes, fruit and spaghetti could be part of a balanced diet.
“Sure,” Mr Christensen said. “But do you see any balance? I don’t. Where’s the beef? All I see is the progressive plant agenda.”