The "listen Linda" video that made 3-year-old Mateo Beltran, aka Cupcake Boy
, a viral sensation overnight, led to an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" earlier this week
, where he was given all the cupcakes his heart could desire, and then some.
Having received nearly 5 million views on YouTube since being posted in February, the "listen Linda" video apparently made a fan out of Ellen DeGeneres, who on Tuesday treated the persistent boy to a mountain of superhero cupcakes with Batman and Superman insignias on them.
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Ellen also presented the boy's mother, Linda Beltran, with a weekend spa treatment package and a check for $10,000 from the photo service Shutterfly.
In the two-and-half minute clip, Mateo pleads with his mother to allow him to substitute cupcakes for dinner after attempting to get the sugary treat from his grandmother, behind his mother's back.
"Linda, Linda, listen to me a," an unrelenting Mateo repeatedly says to his mother in the video. At one point, Mateo appears to realize he's failing to convince her and resorts to sweet talk to get his way, telling his mother, "Linda, honey, honey, lookit, look at this."
According to his mother, Mateo began referring to his parents by their first names after the family came across a lost boy in a theme park who did not know his parent's names. The parents subsequently told their kids their first names just in case they ever found themselves in a similar predicament, the Daily Mail reported
"For the most part we are still Mommy and Daddy, but when he is serious and wants to make sure we are paying attention, we quickly become Linda and Kenneth," Linda Beltran told the UberConference blog
According to the mother, Mateo isn’t being disrespectful when he refers to her by her first name and generally only uses it during a debate. Knowing his parents first names "made Mateo feel a little empowered."
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