Who says Drag Brunch isn’t for kids? Not drag queen Marti Gould Cummings! The New York City performer made one little guy feel super special during a drag brunch roulette in which audience members select what songs the drag queens perform. The 2-year-old’s choice? Why Baby Shark, of course!
So in the spirit of making drag brunch a family affair, Marti Gould Cummings served their best Baby Shark fish and gave the performance of the day!
The video was uploaded to Twitter and got the attention of thousands including some notables like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Gus Kenworthy, and Audra McDonald.
When a 2 year old comes to brunch you perform baby shark for them!!! pic.twitter.com/Ikx94mlTxO
— Marti (@MartiGCummings) March 16, 2019
Marti Gould Cummings spoke with NBC:
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
Still there were the typical Negative Nancies who chimed in with their criticism of a child being present at a drag performance—but people clapped back in support of the family who chose to introduce their child to diversity.
Anyone who thinks drag isn’t for children is wrong. Drag is expression, and children are such judgment-free beings; they don’t really care what you’re wearing, just what you’re performing.
It’s the same when I do Drag Queen Story Hour. 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.
The growing popularity of Drag Queen Storytimes across the nation has been a topic of controversy with parents and conservative groups. Many places have been protested and have received threats of harm or injury. A man even walked into the Houston Public Library with a gun in January and was asked to leave. He had previously been banned for filming children in the library.
But like with all of these events, we have to continue to advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and create safe spaces where people can be represented and feel welcome. There will be a lot of negativity, but we forget that drag is not just entertainment, it is a weapon for anti-discrimination that uses art as expression. We need more drag queens to take a page from the Marti Gould Cummings book and perform Baby Shark for children in nature. Now if someone can show that 2-year-old how to tip!