How Kermit the Frog's 'Whispering Campaign' Can Help End Mental Illness Stigma

October 14, 2014 3:37 PM

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How Kermit the Frog's 'Whispering Campaign' Can Help End Mental Illness Stigma

In one of my favorite scenes from The Muppets Take Manhattan, Kermit the Frog has a plan to get his Broadway show, "Manhattan Melodies," produced. He calls this plan a "whispering campaign." He goes to the iconic restaurant Sardi's and acts like he's a big-time producer. Sardi's is famous for having caricatures of celebrities on the wall. In this scene, Kermit goes as far as to take Liza Minnelli's picture off of the wall, replace it with his own, and sit right under it. After this, he has all of his friends, who are rats, go underneath the tables and whisper about how great the show is to get people talking about it. All is going great, and people start raving about "Manhattan Melodies" to each other. That is, until Liza Minnelli herself walks in and notices that her picture is no longer on the wall, AND the rats start sneezing and pop up from under the table, scaring all of the guests. That puts an end to Kermit's campaign.

However, I think that a "whispering campaign" is just what is needed to help end mental illness stigma. I'm not suggesting that you go to Sardi's and blow your paycheck on an expensive meal. Nor am I suggesting that we should only whisper when trying to change people's minds about mental illness. Bu...

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