Editorial: This Disney parody hit right notes

The Editorial Advisory Board
Noah Lindquist

A passing thought and a catchy tune has helped Topekan Noah Lindquist go viral.

Earlier this month, the 24-year-old placed a video on YouTube called ”Wear a Mask, ” which has now garnered more than 2.3 million views.

Lindquist’s song uses the melody of “Be Our Guest,” a tune from the 1991 animated Disney film “Beauty and the Beast.”

But the song’s lyrics, written and sung by Lindquist, instead provide a contemporary take on the current pandemic while encouraging listeners to “wear a mask.”

Basically an instant hit.

The Topeka Capital-Journal’s Tim Hrenchir reported Lindquist wrote nearly the entire first verse of “Wear a Mask” while he was taking a 20-minute lunch break at Juli’s Coffee and Bistro in downtown Topeka.

“We sell handmade masks at Juli’s,” he said. “Somebody bought one and in my head I just started singing ‘Wear a mask, wear a mask,’ with the melody from ‘Be Our Guest.’ ”

If you're not humming the melody by now you're probably lying.

First of all, we’d like to thank Noah for his creative approach to public health awareness. Few things work better than an earworm. That's what gives Disney’s songs such staying power.

While his take isn't as accommodating as the original song, we appreciate the use of humor.

The song’s lyrics say: “Try not to be so grouchy. Have some faith in Fauci!” and “You can shout. You can glare. But listen, Karen, I don’t care.”

We know firsthand that many people have strong opinions about masks, but their opinions don't outweigh the science supporting their use.

This song supports that viewpoint in a somewhat snarky but nevertheless humorous way.

So thanks for the laugh.

We also need to thank Noah for simply being creative during this pandemic.

These are stressful times. Many of us are struggling to get by let alone thrive given the current situation. This song provided a brief reprieve from the constant barrage that is 2020.

We hope you’ll keep making videos. Having a sense of humor is so important during times like this.

Perhaps this video will inspire others to do the same.

Earlier this year we strongly recommended Kansans find a hobby or a craft to keep them busy and entertained. Now with the winter months looming we think the need to do so only grows. Don't discount the relaxation a hobby can provide.

No matter what you do to stay entertained this winter, please remember two things: Keep laughing, and please “Wear a Mask!”