Pussycat Dolls HIT BACK at criticism over group's raunchy performance

Pussycat Dolls forced to HIT BACK at criticism over group’s raunchy Sunrise performance… after outraged parents compared routine to a ‘STRIP SHOW’

  • The Pussycat Dolls’ Kimberly Wyatt defended the group’s raunchy performance
  • The band left viewers of Channel Seven’s Sunrise outraged on Friday morning 
  • Parents described the act as like a ‘strip show’ on the show’s Facebook page 
  • Kimberly, 38, said it’s ‘unfortunate’ they’re ‘so misunderstood’ shortly after
  • Their recent performance on Britain’s Saturday Night Takeaway also received dozens of Ofcom complaints in February 
  • The Pussycat Dolls’ raunchy X Factor: Celebrity performance in November garnered a whopping 419 complaints from viewers 

Pussycat Dolls star Kimberly Wyatt has hit back at critics after the pop group were slammed for a very raunchy performance on Channel Seven’s Sunrise.

Speaking to news.com.au on Friday, the 38-year-old performer said that it’s ‘unfortunate’ that the group is ‘so misunderstood’.

It comes after parents left scathing comments on Sunrise’s Facebook page on Friday morning, comparing the group’s performance of new single React to a ‘strip show’ due to the group’s very sexy moves and eye-popping outfits.

Wow: Pussycat Dolls star Kimberly Wyatt has hit back at critics after the pop group were slammed for a very raunchy performance on Channel Seven’s Sunrise (above R-L Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts and Carmit Bachar)

Busty: It comes after parents left scathing comments on Sunrise’s Facebook page on Friday morning, comparing the group’s performance of new single React to a ‘strip show’

‘I thought we were beyond this, but obviously the conversation needs to continue,’ Kimberly said.   

‘We’re warriors when we step on stage, throwing everything into it. It’s unfortunate that it’s so misunderstood by so many people.’

‘Luckily we have a presence online now and we can help people understand us, understand dance, understand what intention means as a performer,’ she added.   

On Friday morning, Kimberly, Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta and Carmit Bachar sang their biggest hits in Sydney’s Martin Place while dressed in racy outfits and fishnet stockings.  

Oh my! Speaking to news.com.au on Friday, Kimberley, 38, said that it’s ‘unfortunate’ that the group is ‘so misunderstood’ (pictured in London in February)  

Sizzling: On Friday morning, Kimberly, Nicole, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta and Carmit Bachar sang their biggest hits in Sydney’s Martin Place while dressed in racy outfits and fishnet stockings


Wow: At one point, Nicole turned around and twerked on stage in her racy outfit

Viewers compared the performance to a ‘strip show’ on Sunrise’s Facebook page, and parents said they were struggling to explain it to their children.  

‘I am sorry but not much dancing, to me it was more than sex,’ one mother wrote. ‘I think they are all too old for this. Not impressed, especially for a family show.’   

Several viewers claimed the performance was not appropriate for 8am, with one writing: ‘Why were they chosen to be on this family-friendly show?

‘Weird choice. Uncomfortable explaining to kids why a singing strip show is on… because that’s what every little girl should aspire to.’   

Criticism: Parents were left outraged on Friday morning after witnessing the racy performance 

Too raunchy? Several viewers claimed the performance was not appropriate for 8am, with one writing on Facebook: ‘Why were they chosen to be on this family-friendly show?’

One concerned parent said the American burlesque group, whose members range from 37 to 45, weren’t empowering women with their raunchy antics.

‘I don’t think dressing like a stripper is all that empowering,’ they wrote. ‘Becoming a doctor, lawyer or CEO is empowering.’ 

Some viewers slammed the group’s talent, claiming they weren’t good performers and wouldn’t last five minutes on one of Australia’s talent shows. 

‘Was that a joke? The dance moves were at best pathetic. They would not have made it past the auditions for Australia’s Got Talent,’ one snapped.

‘Hang up the stockings and corsets, girls’: A concerned viewer said that the burlesque group, whose members range from 37 to 45, weren’t empowering women with their raunchy antics 

‘Hang up the stockings and corsets, girls, it isn’t working for you anymore.’

A similar comment read: ‘They were crap before, nothing has changed.’

One critic accused them of lip syncing, writing: ‘I liked the bit where the vocals were going but they were wrapped around the chairs and not moving their mouths.’ 

But it wasn’t all negative, as many Pussycat Dolls fans praised the girl group for their thrilling performance.

‘What an awesome performance,’ one supporter wrote. ‘Great job!’

Another commented: ‘Loved it! And was awesome seeing older people [in the audience], both men and women, instead of young crying teenagers.’

‘Lovely ladies, ageing well,’ a third fan wrote. 

‘I don’t think dressing like a stripper is all that empowering!’ The performance attracted a slew of negative comments on the Sunrise Facebook page

Life lessons: One mother wrote, ‘Uncomfortable explaining to kids why a strip show is on’ 

‘You go, girls!’ But it wasn’t all negative, as many Pussycat Dolls fans praised the girl group for their thrilling performance

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel Seven for comment.   

Afterwards, the group appeared on The Morning Show where dancer Kimberley insisted the band shared a ‘positive’ message to young girls.   

The mum of two revealed she brings her young daughters, Willow, five and Maple, two, to full dress rehearsals all the time.

‘They love it, they love seeing it and I love bringing them…’ she told hosts Kylie Gillies and Larry Emdur.

Back together: Afterward the Sunrise gig, the group appeared on The Morning Show where dancer Kimberley insisted the band shared a ‘positive’ message to young girls.

‘(I love) teaching them what it means to be a Pussycat Doll and own your space as a female,’ she continued.

‘I think it’s a really positive and important message for my girls to see and understand what that means.’ 

This isn’t the first time The Pussycat Dolls have been slammed for pushing the envelope on stage.

British media watchdog Ofcom received 640 complaints in December after they took to the stage to perform on The X-Factor UK, wearing a mixture of daring leather-look straps, sheer bodysuits and PVC.

Nicole arguably donned the most striking ensemble, styling a busty bra and a strategically placed V-shaped PVC strap with latex-look thigh-high boots and a sheer body stocking that highlighted her toned abs. 

Too much: Their recent performance on Britain’s Saturday Night Takeaway also received dozens of Ofcom complaints in February

Nicole was recently forced to defend the Pussycat Dolls’ racy outfits on the show.

The songstress gave an interview to The Project in Australia, saying: ‘We put that together in three days and those outfits were a bit provocative. 

‘But we are women now… It takes courage to wear that stuff and to do it. 

‘We always do everything with confidence, with the intent of inspiring and empowering others – of our women out there and anyone who feels they relate to us.’      

Their recent performance on Britain’s Saturday Night Takeaway also received dozens of viewer complaints in February. 

Ashley Roberts, 38, defended the group at the time, telling The Sun: ‘We are wearing costumes. And they are sassy and fierce. 

Complaints: The backlash comes after hosts Ants and Dec’s best efforts to keep the girls covered up in a hilarious response to the 419 complaints the group’s December X-Factor appearance received

‘We are owning our femininity and celebrating ourselves as women.’                 

Ashley Roberts also recently spoke out about the numerous complaints sent to the British watchdog.

‘We are wearing costumes. And they are sassy and fierce. We are owning our femininity and celebrating ourselves as women,’ the star told The Sun on Tuesday.   

The Pussycat Dolls arrived Down Under earlier this week to promote their latest single, React.

Daring display: The Pussycat Dolls’ raunchy X Factor: Celebrity performance in November garnered a whopping 419 complaints from viewers

The song, which is the group’s first new release in a decade, has been praised by critics but has so far failed to achieve chart success.  

Speaking of the band’s long-awaited return on Sunrise, lead singer Nicole said: ‘Actually, this has been in the works for a few years.

‘But we wanted to make sure that it was divine timing and that it worked out with everyone’s schedules and where we are in our lives right now.’ 

The Pussycat Dolls will kick off their world comeback tour in Dublin in April.  

Skimpy attire: The band left viewers at home stunned with their skimpy attire 

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