Nicole Scherzinger has hit out over the constant ‘sexy outfit shaming’ she and her fellow Pussycat Dolls experience on a regular basis.
On Friday morning the girl group was the target of new criticism after their performance on Sunrise, with viewers complaining the live segment was ‘uncomfortable’ and ‘not family friendly’ for its early-morning timeslot.
Viewers took to the Sunrise Facebook page to complain about the Pussycat Dolls performance, with one person even labelling it a ‘singing strip show’.
“Weird choice. Uncomfortable explaining to kids why a singing strip show is on. Because that's what every little girl should aspire to,” was one comment.
“I am sorry but not much dancing, to me it was more about sex,” was another comment.
“l think they are all too old for this. Not impressed, especially for a family show,” a third hit out.
While a fourth added: “Hang up the stockings and corsets, girls, it isn't working for you anymore.”
The night before their Sunrise performance, the Pussycat Dolls put on a show for Nova’s Red Room with Nicole using a moment on stage to hit back at the constant backlash.
She referred to how the group is always seen to be causing controversy with their stage shows and costume choices, but used the opportunity to say their look “comes from a place of confidence”.
“Everything we do we do with the intention of inspiring and empowering each and every one of you,” she told the crowd.
Later in the week, the Dolls continued to stand by their look.
“I thought we were beyond this, but obviously the conversation needs to continue,” Kimberly Wyatt told news.com.au.
“We come with intention when we perform – we’re warriors when we step on stage, throwing everything into it. It’s unfortunate that it’s so misunderstood by so many people.”
She goes on to say that there is “still a conversation to be had” which is why their reunion feels a little like “unfinished business”.
The Pussycat Dolls had been on hiatus for a decade before making a triumphant return with a new single ‘React’.
But even a performance on Britain's Saturday Night Takeaway in February was met with dozens of viewer complaints.
At the time it was fellow member Ashley Roberts who defended the group.
“We are wearing costumes. And they are sassy and fierce,” she told The Sun. “We are owning our femininity and celebrating ourselves as women.”
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