New York-based drag queen Marti Gould Cummings released a fun music video to the children’s song Baby Shark — all to highlight an important topic and cause.
Over two weeks ago, Cummings went viral when they performed the song for a two-year-old at a drag brunch. At the boy’s request, Cummings gave an animated rendition, to the delight of everyone in the establishment.
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
While most people responded positively to the moment shared between a drag queen and audience, some said this was inappropriate for children.
One person responded on Twitter, angrily asking: ‘What the hell kind of a place for brunch is this that you would bring a child with women dressed like this?’
Cummings responded brilliantly.
This discussion about drag and children did not end after a few Twitter exchanges, however.
Cummings took it one step further and filmed a fun, animated music video to the song. Friends and other drag performers, like Desmond Is Amazing, appear in the video with Cummings.
At the end of the video, Cummings has a message for people, encouraging the support of LGBTI youth. They specifically recommend the Ali Forney Center and the Hetrick-Martin Institute.
In their tweet about the video, they tag both organizations.
‘Anyone who thinks drag isn’t for children is wrong,’ Cummings told NBC News. ‘Drag is expression, and children are such judgment-free beings; they don’t really care what you’re wearing, just what you’re performing.’
Cummings continued, saying it’s the same as when they host Drag Queen Story Hour at public libraries.
‘They don’t care that I am a gay man in a dress; they care about the story I am reading.
‘It would be nice if us adults could let the child inside of us out for a little bit, so maybe we could all be a little more accepting of others ourselves.’