“Will & Grace” Creator Buys Gay Bunny Book For Indiana Grammar Schools

“I know both Marlon Bundos would be proud—even though one of them is on the downlow.”

That Marlon Bundo sure hops around.

Max Mutchnick, who co-created and executive-produces Will & Grace with David Kohan, vowed Friday to donate a copy of John Oliver’s popular new children’s book, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, to all 1,121 public grammar schools in Indiana.

Oliver released A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo earlier this month as a spoof of Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President, the Pence family’s children’s book about their real-life pet rabbit.

“It turns out, in a complete coincidence, we also wrote a book about Mike Pence’s rabbit,” Oliver joked on Last Week Tonight, adding that his version is “about Marlon Bundo falling in love with another boy rabbit, because our Marlon Bundo is gay.”

I was blown away by the new John Oliver children’s book, “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.” With Easter upon us, I wanted to not only support the brilliance of John Oliver, but also celebrate the Gayest Bunny of Them All: The Easter Bunny. So I decided to buy a copy of Oliver’s “Bundo” (written by Jill Twiss) for every public grammar school in Indiana. All 1,121 of them. 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. 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 downlow.

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“With Easter upon us, I wanted to not only support the brilliance of John Oliver, but also celebrate the Gayest Bunny of Them All: The Easter Bunny,” Mutchnick writes on Instagram.

“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,” he continues. “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 downlow.”

A signed letter from Mutchnick will accompany each copy. “Books allow children to dream and hope, but you know that already,” writes the father of twin girls to the school librarians. “I hope your students enjoy this book as much as my family and I did.”

Authored by Last Week Tonight staffer Jill Twiss and illustrated by E.G. Keller, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo promotes “a message of tolerance and advocacy” and “explores issues of same-sex marriage and democracy,” according to an official description. The audiobook is narrated by celebrities such as Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and RuPaul.

Oliver, a longtime supporter of LGBT rights, is a huge fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

All proceeds from sales of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo benefit The Trevor Project and AIDS United.

NBC’s Will & Grace revival was recently renewed for a third season, set to premiere fall 2019. The revival’s second season, premiering this fall, was expanded from 13 to 18 episodes with an order for five additional episodes.
 

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