It used to be that society preferred drag queens and other gender non-conforming folks to stay out of the public eye – to hide away in their niche bars or clubs and let “regular folks” act as if they didn’t exist. This means that children in previous generations had almost no interactions with the non-heteronormative set, which only set them up to have the same (baseless) fear of the unknown their parents and grandparents had (for the same reason, mostly).
So most people think it’s great that drag queens have started spending time with kids at library storytimes and the like. Education and normalization go a long way, after all. And over the weekend, a little boy asked drag performer Marti Gould Cummings if she could sing Baby Shark.
When faced with the sweet, pleading face of a toddler, she did what any reasonable human being would do – she complied.
When a 2 year old comes to brunch you perform baby shark for them!!! pic.twitter.com/Ikx94mlTxO
— Marti Gould Cummings (@MartiGCummings) March 16, 2019
Cummings was performing at a brunch in New York when the kid and his family arrived, and thank goodness they did – we’re all winners for getting to experience the pure joy of these 22 seconds.
People loved it.
This just flooded me with joy
— Julia Murney (@JuliaMurney) March 16, 2019
It made our day, watching the all-out performance the delight on the face of the clapping two-year-old.
Not to mention that his family was (or acted) totally comfortable with the entire interaction.
okay when I have kids I am calling you for their bday parties
— ariane (@ariaaaneg) March 18, 2019
For her part, Cummings told NBC she couldn’t be more pleased with her role in the whole thing, or how it turned out.
“The internet can be such a toilet for negative, toxic behavior and misinformation, so it feels incredible to be part of this one moment that is using the internet to spread so much love and joy.”
Score one for humanity. It’s about time.