RuPaul’s Drag Race star Monét X Change appeared on ABC’s What Would You Do? to lend context to an episode in which actors playing the parents of a drag queen roundly reject their son publicly in a Brooklyn diner. But the patrons, by-and-large, came to the son’s defense in heartfelt ways.
One woman who overheard the parents chide their son—a drag queen named Jackie, who showed up for lunch at the diner in a spangled purple jumpsuit, full makeup, and a lavender-hued wig—told the mom and dad, “There are worse things. Glass is half full. There are worse things. That’s his job.”
She later said she would absolutely attend his drag show and wished she had a body like his.
Later, a man from across the room who overheard the conversation called out to Jackie crying alone after the parents stormed out, “You look beautiful.”
A couple of young women also said she looked “beautiful” and offered hugs.
While the patrons in the diner were overwhelmingly supportive of Jackie, one woman initially sided with the parents.
“I feel sorry for you. I understand everybody has to do their own thing but there’s a time and a place. As a parent, you’re supposed to accept it. I couldn’t do it,” the woman said before adding a caveat. “There’s a part of me that feels sorry for him because he wants acceptance.”
Later in the segment, one woman explained to the disgusted parents that she had just come from her son's grave and that they should accept their child. A man from another table then shared his experience.
“My son is gay too. He came out when he was 16,” the man said. “I had to accept it. It was a hard thing to accept but it is what it is.”
Watch the surprisingly heartwarming segment below.