“Will & Grace” co-creator Max Mutchnik has donated copies of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” to every elementary school in Indiana.
The openly gay showrunner tweeted an open letter to the schools explaining why he made the donation.
“I would like to donate this copy of ‘A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo’ to your library,” Mutchnick begins.“After hearing about the book, I brought it home and read it to my twin daughters. It’s a poignant story about how love and community can rise above intolerance.”
“My grammar school library was something I always remembered as a safe haven,” Mutchnick continues. “Books allow children to dream and hope, but you know that already. Thanks to libraries and librarians like you, storytelling not only became my passion — it also became my profession. I hope your students enjoy this book as much as my family and I did.”
— Max Mutchnick (@MaxMutchnick) March 30, 2018
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Mutchnick explained he hopes by donating the books to Indiana schools he can counter Pence’s “message of intolerance.”
“Here’s why: Mike Pence has had an enormous platform in Indiana, and as it relates to gay people, he’s used it to spread a message of intolerance,” Mutchnick says. “By donating these books, I hope to counter those efforts and provide positive role models and a story of inclusion for children in Pence’s home state. If this book can help one boy or girl in Indiana love and accept who they are, I know both Marlon Bundos would be proud — even though one of them is on the down-low.”
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” is a parody of “Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President,” written by Pence’s daughter Charlotte and illustrated by his wife, Karen.
The parody, written by Jill Twiss and illustrated by EG Keller, follows Pence’s pet bunny Marlon Bundo as he falls in love with another boy bunny. It became the number one best-selling book on Amazon and the number one best-selling audio book on Audible.