The Toronto Maple Leafs’ Joffrey Lupul became the sixth member of Walk Off the Earth after he and the Toronto band teamed up for LGBT organization, You Can Play. Gathered on a sofa, the band uses a guitar, xylophone, two over-sized Maple Leaf beer bottles while Lupul uses a mini goalie stick to create the catchy tune.
You Can Play mission is to bring equality and respect towards LGBT athletes playing any sport.
Unfortunately, there is still quite a bit of tension when it comes to LGBTQ athletes playing on the professional level but it is improving. The NFL agreed on Tuesday to create a “culture of inclusion” for gay players, recruits and potential players and hang posters in locker rooms that stress the league’s anti-discrimination policies.
Hopefully, the NFL and You Can Play will help foster healthy and more inclusive environments for LGBTQ athletes.
WATCH ANDPOP’S SIMON MOHOS PLAY PING PONG WITH BEARD GUY A.K.A. MIKE TAYLOR HERE.
Walk Off The Earth’s Mike Taylor speaks on camera for what is possibly the first time ever in this ANDPOP exclusive.
Known as the “beard guy” to countless YouTube commenters, Taylor plays a round of ping pong against ANDPOP’s host Simon Mohos before he and the rest of the band embark on their world tour.
Walk Off The Earth exploded onto the scene after the band’s 5 people 1 instrument cover of Gotye’s “Somebody I Used To Know” went viral. The band have since gained over 300 million video views on YouTube alone and over a million subscribers.
For Taylor, “R.E.V.O.” (Realize Every Victory Outright) is more than just an album title—it’s how the band leads their own lives. He says he wants to inspire their fans to “shoot for the stars, stay positive, don’t let anything get in your way and realize your goals.”
“Do something you’ll believe in that’s fresh, a little different,” he said.
As Taylor spills the secrets on how to live a happy life to Simon, Simon returns the favour by teaching him how to say the Hungarian equivalent to “F—k, yeah!” It’s a skill we’re sure will come in handy when the band lands in Budapest, Hungary during their world tour.
Make sure to watch the video below to not only hear him speak but to see who comes out victorious in the most vicious and exciting sudden death ping pong match you’ll ever see.
The cat is clearly the winner in this game. His ping pong skills makes my cat’s lazy talents (lounging and scaring my dog) seem even less appealing. He’s a winner.
Wow. It’s like a ping pong fountain…
Juggling seven ping pong balls with his mouth, this dude should actually join a circus to showcase his amazing talent. I know it sounds strange for me to say this, but the sound he’s making with his mouth is oddly soothing to me.