What began as a viral Twitter challenge from David Harbour has since turned into a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The “Stranger Things” actor recently had the opportunity to travel to Antarctica with Greenpeace and show off some of his signature dance moves to a colony of penguins.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Harbour danced with the penguins after tweeting Greenpeace last month and successfully getting 200,000 retweets to join the organization on an expedition to the Antarctic. Earlier this month, he finally joined them and channeled the goofy dance moves of his character Chief Jim Hopper from the popular Netflix series.
“You guys seen Stranger Things? It’s on Netflix,” he says to the group of Gentoo penguins. “There’s a very special scene that the internet has liked a lot. I just wanted to share it will all of you guys. It’s not a big deal.”
here’s a petition to create the largest protected area in the world.@Greenpeace has 1M sigs.
let’s give them 1.8.
1 for every proposed square km
for the ‘guins.
here’s me dancing with them,
they don’t have netflix.@Greenpeace ? pic.twitter.com/jjLBk2XOIr
— David Harbour (@DavidKHarbour) February 20, 2018
In a press release on Greenpeace’s website, Harbour shared how the lighthearted request turned into something much more important for him. “When I first got on this trip I didn’t really care that much about it,” he said. “It was kind of a joke to me. And the more I’m here the more I understand and sense and feel the majesty and the primal-ness of a place like this, that should be protected and kept pristine, so that it can ripple through to the rest of the world.”
Along with the video, which has been viewed nearly 500,000 times, the “Stranger Things” star challenged his followers to support the “Protect the Antarctic” campaign by signing Greenpeace’s online petition, which encourages “members of the Antarctic Ocean Commission to put the Antarctic first and secure an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary.” The petition has been signed by more than 1 million people.
— Greenpeace (@Greenpeace) February 19, 2018
See how social media reacted to Harbour’s dance below:
Social Media Reacts to David Harbour Dancing with Penguins In Antarctica
Love it!!! Just brilliant. For a great cause too. https://t.co/CrmF2W3Jed
— Sophie (@FranticBlonde) February 20, 2018
— Nicolette Schleisman (@WKRGNicolette) February 21, 2018
This is the greatest. ❤ https://t.co/CE37NcgiP0
— Bethany Emanuel (@elle_wells) February 21, 2018
I want to dance with penguins https://t.co/oA0LkFYItA
— Socialist Willow (@socialistwillow) February 21, 2018
For the ‘Guins! pic.twitter.com/lPyWH6UqNz
— Corey Lewis (@MrCoreyLewis_) February 20, 2018
whenever i get sad i think about the fact that sheriff hopper is out there trying to get everyone to protect the 'guins while having a dance party with them and i start to feel better about the world. https://t.co/XjDdGCKQri
— нello candιce™ (@waitforfistbump) February 20, 2018
He is a treasure. https://t.co/BWsV1pjuKl
— Alisha Grauso (@AlishaGrauso) February 21, 2018
my face hurts from smiling https://t.co/qC000VFPwz
— Amanda Sales (@Scamandalous) February 20, 2018
This video is amazing! Be amazing like @DavidKHarbour @AlisonSudol and sign this petition https://t.co/k95jZ3Db5n so that The Antarctic can become the largest ocean sanctuary on Earth. The penguins need you! #protecttheantarctic https://t.co/1k3l6A5uIX
— Bonnie Wright (@thisisbwright) February 20, 2018
What are your thoughts on David Harbour dancing with penguins in Antartica? Have you watched the “Stranger Things” star’s video for Greenpeace? Sound off in the comments section below!
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