The Walmart Yodel Kid Is Doing Better Than All of Us
Mason Ramsey, AKA the Walmart Yodel Kid, AKA Better-Than-You, has been gaining momentum ever since he went viral on March 24, 2018. Taking the stage (well, the tile floor) at his local Walmart in Harrisburg, IL, Ramsey belted out a lovely rendition of ‘Lovesick Blues’ and instantly became internet famous, causing a tweet storm on Twitter and winning the hearts of people everywhere.
Since then, this little country sweetheart has been to Coachella, made an appearance on the Ellen Show, and took the stage at the Grand Ole Opry. He also released a new single in which he sings about how being famous is nothing if he can’t have his sweetheart (ah, to be eleven again) and is honestly doing a lot better than most of us out here.
I’m an adult. I pay taxes. I get up at 5AM every day, make cheap coffee, and take public transit forty-five minutes to my job, and when I get home I struggle with my art career and try to write things that sound decent. I’m one of many young adults hustlin’ to make it out here. Then we got this kid, Mason Ramsey, putting myself and all other struggling nobodies to shame with his southern Illinois charm by yodeling his way into our hearts in the center of one the biggest capitalist nightmare superstores. Ya’ll, it took me nearly ten years, thousands of dollars of debt, and years of therapy—God, so much therapy—to get anywhere in life and Ramsey was able to achieve his life-long (granted, his life has only been eleven-years long at this point) dream of performing at the Grand Ole Opry in LESS THAN A MONTH.
What even is the 21st century anymore?
Walmart also wrote him a check for $15,000 since Ramsey mentioned that he wanted to go to college. I deferred my student loans because I was too broke to afford groceries. LOL WITH ME SO WE DON’T CRY INSTEAD.
Sometimes, I wonder if maybe I should go stand in the middle of Save-A-Lot or Aldi and start screaming. Not sure that would get me any internet fame, but it sounds very therapeutic and, honestly, we’re at rock bottom here. The only way to go is up.
So, here’s to Mason Ramsey, the kid with yodeling soul who made people smile. Good luck kiddo, you’re a sweetheart and I hope your even bigger dreams come true— you’ve got a pretty stellar track record so far!
PS— Mason Ramsey doesn’t like sparkling water. All of my life choices have now been validated by an eleven-year-old internet sensation.