The hit children's song Baby Shark isn't the typical musical request Marti Gould Cummings receives at their drag brunch in New Jersey, but when a 2-year-old customer asked for the song, Cummings just couldn't refuse.
During last week's Saturday drag brunch at Talde restaurant in Jersey City, drag queen Marti Gould Cummings decided to play "drag roulette", a game where the audience "picks a bunch of songs for us to perform at random."
There are typically a couple of kids in the audience for the show, Cummings told NBC, but most prefer to stare at screens during the lively performance.
Last week though one toddler was all about the show. When asked what he wanted to hear a 2-year-old audience member had a special request.
When a 2 year old comes to brunch you perform baby shark for them!!! https://t.co/Ikx94mlTxO— Marti Gould Cummings (@Marti Gould Cummings)1552764439.0
"I asked the little boy what he wanted to see performed, because he had been paying attention when I got to their table, and he asked for 'Baby Shark,'" said Cummings.
"When a 2 year old comes to brunch you perform baby shark for them!!!"
Not wanting to disappoint, Cummings spoke to the show's DJ about making it happen.
"The DJ quickly found the song online, and we added it to the playlist for him."
When the song came on, Cummings joined the toddler in clapping and swaying along to the tune.
The heartwarming performance was caught on camera and posted across social media where it received over 600,000 views.
When it was posted, people couldn't help but love the adorable scene.
@MartiGCummings SO WHOLESOME 😭😭😭 https://t.co/h6SsbIQFNh— StellaPerpetua (@StellaPerpetua)1552803254.0
@MartiGCummings Hahaha thanks for being such a great performer for my nephew, glad everyone had a good Saturday morning— Chris Normandeau (@Chris Normandeau)1552960995.0
@ChrisNormandeau He was the sweetest! Loved having him and your family there— Marti Gould Cummings (@Marti Gould Cummings)1552961123.0
@MartiGCummings This is so cute!!!!!!🤗— Javier Muñoz (@Javier Muñoz)1552834418.0
@MartiGCummings Only a true entertainer plays to the whole crowd, no matter who or how old they are😊— Christina Stroup (@Christina Stroup)1552935657.0
@rjkeats_98 @MajorDeed @MartiGCummings https://t.co/nikA1k4w0e— Brixton Lad (@Brixton Lad)1552838886.0
@MartiGCummings https://t.co/Gq9wYGAMPm— Hailey (@Hailey)1552832774.0
And Cummings thanked everyone for the warm response to the performance.
https://t.co/CsVnsALycL Thank you everyone for the love and positive messages!!! Let us all work together to sprea… https://t.co/a7j1vz7Upf— Marti Gould Cummings (@Marti Gould Cummings)1552946713.0
Though some weary parents weren't nearly as excited to hear the popular song once again.
@MartiGCummings This is so sweet, but now this song will never leave my head! 😂❤️❤️— acfreedman (@acfreedman)1552791562.0
@MartiGCummings Shit. I made the mistake of playing this as Malcolm was falling asleep next to me. He's now wide awake and dancing.— Jamie McGonnigal (@Jamie McGonnigal)1552781462.0
@MartiGCummings Adorable - but now it will be stuck in my head all day. 🤦♀️ 💋— Dixie Longate (@Dixie Longate)1552769178.0
@Dixielongate @MartiGCummings I knew enough to watch it with the sound off 🤫— Me, in SEAK (@Me, in SEAK)1552847588.0
But by the looks of it, Cummings has just found a whole new audience for the show.
@MartiGCummings @yashar Omg as a parent of kids who are obsessed with this song THANK YOU!! This would have made their YEAR!!— Lisa Keller (@Lisa Keller)1552948640.0
@MartiGCummings I gotta bring the kiddo to see you now!— Stephen Oremus (@Stephen Oremus)1552947465.0
@MartiGCummings My twins just yelled, “I wanna go see that!” Success!— Morgan Tamez (@Morgan Tamez)1552836658.0
@MartiGCummings I want my 8 y/o to party with some drag queens 😱 How do I sign up?!— Alex Colson (@Alex Colson)1552823419.0
The video, however, has received its share of criticism online, but Cummings who also works as a political activist, is paying it no mind.
@MartiGCummings What the hell kind of a place for brunch is this that you would bring a child with women dressed like this?— Kim (@Kim)1552774069.0
@RubyBegoniaAK A place that is welcoming to everyone. Where joy is spread and hate isn’t aloud through the doors.— Marti Gould Cummings (@Marti Gould Cummings)1552790102.0
While some seem to feel a drag show is no place for kids, Cummings wholeheartedly disagrees.
"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."
"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."