For many years one of The Wiggles’ most famous moves has been wiggling the hands with just the thumb and the index finger pointing outwards.

However, it has now been revealed that gesture was created to ensure that everyone knew where the entertainers’ hands were when they were photographed with children.

Wiggles co-founder Murray Cook told SBS ‘The thing of being a man in early childhood [education], 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.’

He added: ‘It’s a shame that it’s an issue, but it’s an issue and you have to protect yourself, as well.’

Murray was a member of the Wiggles for over twenty years.

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