Lin-Manuel Miranda and Billy Eichner Are Here to Cheer You Up—Video
The latest episode of "Billy on the Street" is both hilarious and heartwarming.
The mood of the country isn’t great at the moment. Our mental health is in crisis, our suicide rates our up, and our happiness index is at a historic low. But in the hate-mongering dark abyss of the Internet, there is the beacon of light and unfailing positivity that is Lin-Manuel Miranda.
After Anthony Bourdain‘s tragic passing last June, Miranda posted a beautiful little poem to remind everyone that they are so loved.
YOU ARE SO LOVED AND WE LIKE HAVING YOU AROUND.
*ties one end of this sentence to your heart, the other end to everyone who loves you in this life,
if clouds obscure your view*
THERE. STAY PUT, YOU.
TUG IF YOU NEED ANYTHING.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 9, 2018
Since then, he’s been posting moving motivational messages such as these nearly every morning and night, the best of which have been compiled into an illustrated book entitled Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You.
But now, the star of Mary Poppins Returns has taken to the streets of his native New York with comedian Billy Eichner to spread a little cheer.
In the five-minute video below, the two of them run around town asking people whether or not they’re happy and, if so, why? Obviously, the video is hilarious, because it’s Billy Eichner (“YOU MIGHT WANT TO DECIDE THAT BEFORE YOU GO TO VIETNAM!”), but Miranda, who is a vocal supporter of the free hugs movement, brings all the heart.
Once you watch it, you’ll appreciate this selfie even more.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) December 13, 2018
Thanks for spreading the love, Lin-Manuel! And for more inspiring stories, read these personal testimonies of times when a random act of kindness from a stranger made all the difference.
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