Fans of children's show actor support his fight against cancer, raise over $80k
UNDATED (WKRC) - "Meme magic is real!"
That is what many fans of actor Stefan Karl, AKA "Robbie Rotten" from the children's show "Lazy Town," have to say after raising over $80,000 to help the actor in his fight against pancreatic cancer.
"Lazy Town" is described as an "educational musical comedy program with a cast and crew from Iceland, the United Kingdom, and the United States." The show aired on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. among other stations globally. Although, you may know Stefan from a more local performance at the Aronoff Center in 2013, as he starred as the "Grinch" in the "Grinch Stole Christmas."
There are many popular "memes" and YouTube videos that were created from the show, but one song, in particular, has risen to recent popularity: "We Are Number One."
The song, starring Robbie Rotten, was remixed and remade several times by various content creators, each netting large amounts of views, some in the millions.
However, the fun turned to serious business once the internet learned of their favorite "villain's" plight. Stefan had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and he needed time to fight through chemotherapy, rest and heal.
Stefan and friends, in an effort to raise awareness and funds, took to GoFundMe and set a goal of $80,000. Since then, the internet has taken over in the best of ways.
Popularity grew, and as more support poured in, Stefan and friends found themselves in a whirlwind of "meme magic." A whirlwind that they came to embrace.
A Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), an official video posted to the Lazy Town Youtube page, and the sharing of new videos and content by the Lazy Town social media showed a solidarity behind Stefan and his fight,
Eventually, Stefan and friends hosted a Facebook LIVE event, singing the song that had brought joy to so many.
On December 11th we hosted a live event with a reunion of the cast members of Lazy Town performing the song We Are Number One.
More then 50.000 people watched the event in a live streaming on Facebook. "This is going down in history".
This event was hosted by Stefan Karl Stefansson the actor who played Robbie Rotten in the kids TV show Lazy Town and Lazy Town composer Mani Svavarsson.
This event was organized to honor all the meme artists and fans out there who have made the song WE ARE NUMBER ONE legendary, also as a big thank you to all the supporters who have donated to Stefan Karl in his cancer battle through his https://www.gofundme.com/2tm9tqk page set up by his friends.
Not long after the LIVE event, the goal of $80,000 was reached!
On the GoFundMe page set up by friends of Stefan, the following story was posted:
As Robbie Rotten on LazyTown, has given laughter to children around the world. He created a foundation to help stop bullying. He is a tireless advocate for special needs children.
And now Stefan Karl needs our help.
Stefan has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The operation he has had will prevent him from working for up to a year.
We want him to use that year to rest and recuperate so that he can once again return to what he does best - making kids smile all over planet Earth.
We are raising funds to help Stefan and his family survive the coming year. Not only will they need assistance with medical bills, but it's important that Stefan be allowed to heal his body and spirit without the additional burden of financial need.
We appreciate any amount of gift you are able to extend to Stefan and his family. As he moves from this difficult time toward a full recovery, we ask for your generosity, your prayers and good wishes.
As Robbie Rotten would ask, "Why are those people making all that noise!?"
Let's answer Robbie with a thunderous noise of gratitude and joy for everything he's given to the world of children's entertainment!
Help spread the word!
So where did this whirlwind all start? Maybe this Redditor can offer the best explanation. All we know is that Stefan and friends have fans and "memers" alike to thank for their generosity.