LOS ANGELES (CBS) In the past week, a video on YouTube titled, "Homeless Man Under Pressure" began making the Internet rounds. The video stars a man who appears to be homeless holding two Kermit the Frog puppets, who then lip sync and perform the entire Queen/David Bowie song "Under Pressure." In a week, the video garnered more than 700,000 views. The man behind it all, Los Angeles-based actor Sky Soleil, was quick to respond to viewers that he is not homeless and that it the video was simply a "performance meant to entertain and inspire." Soleil spoke to me about his intention behind the video, and -- now that has the eyes and ears of hundreds of thousands of people -- the message he hopes to share.
"The original piece started in college about 10 years ago. I had one Kermit the Frog puppet and used a completely different song. It was for comedy purposes. It was entertaining. It was something I had done at comedy clubs the last 10 years all over LA. More recently, I wanted to expand it. I'd love to do a duet. I was always inspired by Queen and David Bowie's "Under Pressure" song, and I thought that would be really fun to do.
After performing the piece twice at Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles to great reactions, he decided to bring it to life on video. "It made perfect sense to me, based on the song, to make the character in the video homeless, but I've never considered myself a homeless advocate. My intention when I set out to do it wasn't to raise awareness but it ended up, within the first couple of days, it was clear that that was the response that people were having. People were compelled to help because of the video."
On the YouTube page you can now find links of ways to help the homeless with or without donations. "The overall message is to take a moment, help others and that in turn will help everyone."