SeaWorld Mime Calls Out a Dad for Making His Wife Carry Everything

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A mime at SeaWorld is winning the internet for hilariously calling out a dad who was trailing behind his wife—who was carrying their daughter and a large backpack—for not pulling his weight.

Ernest Palomo recorded the clip last month, captioning the video: “I was on vacation at SeaWorld in Orlando Florida and this happened.” He posted it to TikTok, and it went immediately viral because, well, it’s one every parent can relate to.


I was on vacation at SeaWorld in Orlando Florida and this happened. #FYP

♬ original sound – Ernest

In the video, Michelle Tzenevrakis is carrying the couple’s 13-month-old daughter, Kalliope, and a backpack likely filled with all of the things one needs to keep a one-year-old clean and fed for the day. Her husband, Nick, meanders behind them, unaware his lack of effort caught the mime’s attention.

The mime decides to right this wrong in front of the crowd, taking the backpack from Tzenevrakis, and giving it to Nick, gesturing wildly like, “Dude, pull it together.” The crowd laughs and cheers as the couple, also laughing, walks away. The mime jokingly mouths “call me” to the mom of one, making a phone gesture with his hands.

“I thought it was pretty hilarious,” Palomo told TODAY Parents. “Everyone was cheering.” His laugh in the video makes it all the funnier.

The couple, who live in Warsaw, Illinois, said they found out the entire interaction went viral from a friend and thought the whole thing was amusing. “That mime totally caught me off guard,” Nick told TODAY. “At that moment, I was in a total daze. I was really hungry and my feet were hurting me,” he said.

After receiving some negative comments on the video online, his wife made sure to clear the air for anyone that thinks he’s a slacker. “Nick is the greatest father, and I want to make sure that people know that,” she told TODAY. “He does so much for us. He’s just awesome in every way.”

“We switched off carrying things into the show. I just grabbed my daughter before going in because it was an experience I wanted to share with her,” she also commented on the video itself. “Why waste time taking off a diaper bag that is going to be put down in less than five minutes?”

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