What started as a highly satirical, well-crafted prank by John Oliver and Last Week Tonight on VP Mike Pence turned into an Amazon bestseller and has now become an actual gesture of inclusivity, support for LGBTQ rights, love, and community as demonstrated today by Mutchnick’s move to donate copies of the book to schools in Indiana, Pence’s home state.
This is further evidence of original suspicion that comedy can actually make a direct difference for good. Let’s hope all of these Indiana grammar schools take Max Mutchnick up on his offer.
In this segment, you might have learned that Pence has a pet rabbit named Marlon Bundo and has subsequently written a children’s book focused on his rabbit. Oliver and his Last Week Tonight team saw this happening and made their own pro-LGBTQ children’s book also about Marlon Bundo and had it published and distributed online with all proceeds going to the Trevor Project and Aids United.
The book’s first print run sold out and became an Amazon bestseller in less than a day, prompting for a 2nd print.