Yodeling Walmart Kid Gets a Tribute from Millie Bobby Brown
Mason Ramsey, the 11-year-old yodeling sensation made famous for his viral performance in a Golconda, Illinois, Walmart, has found himself yet another celebrity endorsement in Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown.
Ramsey’s cover of Hank Williams’s “Lovesick Blues” has won him hat tips from famous figures such as Steve Aoki and The Chainsmokers since it hit social media. But Brown’s video, which she posted to Instagram, garnered more than 10 million views and 76,000 comments as of Monday afternoon. “Flossing to my manz,” she captioned the clip, which showed her dancing to a popular EDM remix of Ramsey’s cover.
Brown’s Instagram wasn’t the only public forum she used to shout-out the 11-year-old yodeling icon. The 14-year-old actor, who plays the beloved Stranger Things character Eleven on the series, also took to Snapchat to chat herald Ramsey’s performance.
“Oh my god. Okay guys, let me just tell you one thing,” Brown tells her Snapchat followers. “I think the yodeling Walmart guy is probably the cutest thing. Like the way he taps his foot, the way he’s just involved and he’s like yodeling. He doesn’t yodel, first of all. He’s just very country. But I honestly support him. Like, I love him and I play him all the time. It’s great.”
As Inverse previously reported, Ramsey’s skill is actually an incredible feat of the larynx, which must perform a series of high-to-low vocal inflections. Jennifer Nalewicki wrote in 2016 in the Smithsonian that yodeling involves “quickly toggling between the vocal and chest registers to make a sound that goes from high to low to high with distinct breaks between notes.”
As much as the internet loved other tributes to Ramsey’s viral video, Brown may have won this round of best things on the internet.