On March 10 a passenger on board flyDubai from Dubai to Tirana, Albania filmed the moment when the entire cabin pitched in to cheer up a crying child, breaking out in song to PinkFong’s “Baby Shark.” Everyone claps and sings and then the camera cuts to the crying toddler.
This child reportedly started crying shortly before takeoff. A passenger sitting behind the child “started quietly murmuring the words” to the song. Then another joined in, and another, and suddenly the whole cabin had busted out the cringeworthy meme like one giant slow clap. The video, posted to TikTok by Parikshit Balochi, has been viewed over 8 million times.
@parikshitbalochi baby Shark! #fyp #flydubai #foryoupage #babyshark #dubai ♬ One Night in Dubai – Arash
Baby Shark was the first video on YouTube viewed over 10 billion times, known the world over both for its deep annoyance and the fascination it holds for young children. In New Zealand, authorities blasted Baby Shark to annoy anti-Covid restriction protestors, but the protestors turned it into a sing-a-long. In Oklahoma inmates were forcibly subjected to Baby Shark for hours on end lading to a civil rights lawsuit. According to parody site Bablyon Bee ISIS has claimed responsibility for Baby Shark.