In January, Greenpeace promised David Harbour that if he could get 200,000 retweets, he could come and do the “Hopper dance” with penguins in Antarctica.
That promise has now been fulfilled.
The actor, best known for playing Sheriff Jim Hopper in “Stranger Things,” shared a video on social media of him dancing with penguins.
“Here’s a petition to create the largest protected area in the world,” Harbour wrote alongside the video. “Greenpeace has 1M sigs. Let’s give them 1.8. 1.8 million. 1 for every proposed square km for the ‘guins. Here’s me dancing with them, as promised. They don’t have Netflix.”
Harbour’s original challenge to the non-governmental environmental group was somewhat of a silly whim. He joked about Emperor penguin couples’ “parenting ideologies” and wanting to “hone the Hopper dance” with the males. But after Greepeace responded and the tweet went viral, Harbour got his wish.
However, the 42-year-old actor’s weeks-long trek from the US to the Antarctic gave him a new perspective on his beloved ‘guins.
“I thought this was going to be a silly thing – I thought I was just going to dance with penguins,” Harbour said in another video uploaded to Twitter. “But ultimately […] this turned into another thing about protecting the Antarctic waters and this huge conservation movement that’s going on.”
“It’s sort of humbled me and my narcissism,” he continued. “So now I don’t really feel like dancing with penguins.”
Fortunately, despite not being in the mood, Harbour stayed true to his promise and busted some moves with his black and white friends.
The “Stranger Things” star also shared a Greenpeace petition titled “Protect the Antarctic Ocean,” which aims to create the world’s largest protected area – a massive Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary which would create a safe haven for wildlife like whales and penguins.