ACTOR and TV star James Corden says he cried while watching a Carpool Karaoke-style lip sync video in support of World Down Syndrome Day.
The Late Late Show presenter created Carpool Karaoke when he took over the American chat show. It features him and a celebrity guest singing along to songs while driving.
Corden, 39, retweeted the Down Syndrome homage, revealing that it made him cry.
— James Corden (@JKCorden) March 16, 2018
The video features 50 mums and their children singing along and using Makaton — a form of sign language designed to help hearing people with learning or communication difficulties — to Christina Perri’s song, “A Thousand Years”.
After Corden’s message the video went viral and has had more than 1.7m views on YouTube and 3m views on Facebook at the time of publishing.
The mums featured in the video are part of a Facebook group known as “Designer Genes“, created for parents who have a child with Down Syndrome born in 2013/14. Adopting the slogan “Wouldn’t Change a Thing” they promote a simple message: life with the condition is ordinary and fun.
Angela Mui, featured in the video with her three-year-old son Stephen said: “I took part in the video primarily to help change attitudes towards Down’s syndrome.
“The UK has a 90% termination rate for babies diagnosed with Down’s syndrome in the womb. I want people to know having a child with Down’s syndrome isn’t scary; in fact it is a wonderful adventure; full of joy, love and yes some challenges, just like having any typical child.
“I think the video is so powerful because it is just a group of mummies and children getting together to have some fun signing along to a song. We all have something in common which bonds us together. We wouldn’t change our children but we want to change the world for our children.”
The organisers say the video was originally inspired by Singing Hands — a UK organisation with videos that helped many in the Designer Genes group learn Makaton.