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Kermit the Frog Does Homeless Advocacy, Sort Of

posted Tue, Oct 4, 2011

Sometimes, the best advocacy for the homeless has nothing to do with homeless people. Take, for example, this video that's taking the Internet by storm. In it, a man who appears to be panhandling is filmed doing a truly rousing lip dub of Queen and David Bowie's "Under Pressure," with two Kermit the Frog puppets as vocalists.

"Under Pressure" is an apropos choice, since the cardboard sign sitting on top of the suitcase next to his chair reads, "Family in need with 2 kids. Homeless + out of work. Anything helps. Thank you." Hard to imagine more pressure than that.

In the video, the performer, Sky Soleil, relies on his Kermits to mouth the words, while he writhes on the ground and swings them around like, well, puppets. On the YouTube page, he writes, "This is a performance. I love that people are inspired by this but I want to be clear I am a performer. I have a roof over my head and I have yet to start my own family. But this video isn't about me. This is for the men, women and children on our streets who don't have bright green puppets on their hands. The people who aren't always as easy to see. This is for them." He tells people who are moved to donate to homeless organizations and links to Change.org's very own resource guide, which allows for quick, easy and secure online giving.

He's right to bring attention to the people we can't see, like the one million homeless students, the rising number of families doubled up with others and the children who call hotel rooms home.

An Excerpt from change.org