Dad’s plea to let his son “poop” in peace goes viral after Wrabel sets it to music

Wrabel's video of Bogard's testimony
Wrabel sings over top of Daniel Bogard's testimony Photo: Screenshot

A passionate father’s plea to the Missouri state legislature in opposition to a proposed law targeting transgender students has gone viral for an unusual reason. The bill would prevent students from using the restroom that aligns with their gender identity.

Rabbi Daniel Bogard’s testimony is heartfelt and eloquent, but his use of the word “poop” has sparked giggles online. And when singer Wrabel posted it on Instagram, set to one of his songs, even Dad got in on the fun.

“Well, I for sure didn’t have ‘Wrabel setting my #MOLeg testimony to music’ on my bingo card for this week, but here we are?!?” he posted on X, the site formerly known as Twitter. He followed up with, “I challenge you to find a more moving musical setting of the word ‘poop’ than this.”

“It’s actually surprisingly easy to be a parent to a trans kid,” Bogart said in his testimony before the legislature. “The hard part — I mean it — the only hard part we have experienced is you all. The only hard part of having a trans kid is this sense that my government just won’t leave us alone. That we have to come back here again and again and fight just for his basic human dignity.”

“My kid trying to go to the bathroom in school with dignity is not the issue, But it is bills like this that will drive my family from this state. I am desperately fighting to stay,” he continued. “And I feel like I’m drowning because it happens again and again and again that we have to come here and fight for just the basic dignity of our kids.”

Wrabel’s song, “The Village,” a haunting piece about trans youth, was written “the day after trump took away federal protections for trans students in public schools,” he posted on social media when he released it. “i just wanted to write a simple song letting anyone that feels like an outsider know that the problem isn’t you, it’s them.”

He has continued to be a vocal ally, including posting Bogart’s testimony with “The Village” playing behind video of the rabbi testifying on behalf of his son – including his complaint that he has to “fight so that [his son] can go and poop at school without being bothered.”

While fans giggled over Bogart’s crude and offhand aside, like the dedicated dad, they were also overwhelmingly positive and grateful for the gay pop singer’s unwavering support.

“Mum of trans daughter here, she’s 28 now, and I’m so grateful life hasn’t erased her,” one woman responded. “She has struggled through schools and medical world and society. She is such a sensitive intelligent soul who has weathered more storms than most. I’m proud of her and shocked how she has had to fight to exist just for being.”

“My son is trans, and he’s so happy and content, and that’s because he is so loved and that all that matters,” another wrote. “My wish is for all parents to accept their trans children. My son is from a rainbow family anyway, as he has two mums, but please look after your children and love them just because they want to be different doesn’t mean they are not to be loved. They just want to be who they deserve to be themselves, and that’s all that matters.”

A third summed it up succinctly.

“We should all be happy. Nobody deserves to feel like they’re nothing. No matter what race, gender, sexuality, age, nationality, status, religion, or personality, the people around you are human. They can be like you or not. Just remember who you are and what the people around are, human. And all humans deserve love, peace, dignity, and happiness,” they said.

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