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‘The Lion King’ Official Trailer Released!

Hakuna matata! Disney fans rejoice, for the studio just dropped the first full trailer for The Lion King which showcases more glorious live action shots of the animated classic. The animation looks beautiful, rendering characters like Simba, Mufasa, Scar, Timone, and Pumba as realistic animals in all their glory. Speaking of Scar, we finally get to hear him speak and he looks glorious, creepy while retaining the slimy menace that made the original such a beloved Disney villain.

 

The menacing Scar, a scraggily lion towers over a hyena against an African rocky backdrop

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Other tantalizing images include glimpses of a young Simba exploring his kingdom, including chasing a stag beetle around, as well as glimpses of Nala, Rafiki, Zazu, and the iconic duo of everyone’s favorite duo: Timone and Pumba. Iconic shots from the original look to be recreated exactly, including the sequence where Simba grows from cub to adult and the wildebeest stampede. Speaking of, we don’t know if we can relive Mufasa’s death in live action, especially with James Earl Jones returning to once again voice the lion.

Speaking of the cast, this one is very promising, a mix of iconic talent with Donald Glover as Simba (as well as JD McCrary as his younger self), Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumba, Beyonce as Nala, John Kani as Rafiki, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, and John Oliver as Zazu. The trailer itself is set to the spine tingling score of the original, punctuated by Mufas’s narration and utterly breathtaking cinematography.

This one is a must see for sure. Are you excited? The Lion King roars into theaters July 19th.

 

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John Oliver’s Gay Bunnies Book Among Most Challenged Titles of 2018

Banning books isn’t uncommon. Whether it be because of violent material, political agendas or explicit sexual content, people will always find a reason to ban a book. But what if one of those books was about gay bunnies.

 

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Presents A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo is a children’s book about the titular bunny, the pet of Vice President Mike Pence, and his LGBT relationship with another bunny named Wesley. The book is a parody of Marlon Bundo’s A Day In The Life Of The Vice President, written by Pence’s daughter Charlotte, about the same bunny. The LGBT themes are meant as a swipe towards the Vice President’s stance against same-sex marriage.

 

Marlon Bundo covers
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Both books sold well and the proceeds for each went to different charities, but some weren’t so happy with Oliver’s book.

The American Library Association released a list of the eleven most challenged books of 2018, and John Oliver’s parody book landed on the number 2 spot on the list. The description reads: “banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ content, and for political and religious viewpoints”.

The ALA defines a “challenged” book as one that has been the subject of a formal complaint by a library or a school due to content that is deemed inappropriate for younger readers. Other books that made the list include Thirteen Reasons Why, The Hate U Give and surprisingly Captain Underpants.

 

Do you think John Oliver’s book should be on the list?

 

 

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Host John Oliver presents his children's book

Teacher Under Fire for Reading LGBT Book to Kids

You’ve probably heard of Mike Pence, the current United States Vice President best known for his stance on conversion therapy and LGBT+ rights. (To summarize, his stance on the last one is no.) His lesser-known achievements include the impressive and clever naming of his pet bunny, Marlon Bundo. One of the most important things to know about Bundo is that he’s more insta-famous than you are, and he’s used his fame to establish a political platform. “This is Harley after being swamped by a wave of liberal tears,” Bundo’s Instagram said in a post including a photo of brother and co-conspirator Harley, Pence’s dog, freshly damp from a bath. Not only is Bundo the first rabbit to take a ride in Air Force Two, he’s also the first rabbit to write a children’s book: Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President.

 

Marlin Bundo himself, with 'his' children's book

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The second most important thing about Bundo, if you were wondering, is that he’s named after bisexual actor Marlon Brando. And the most important thing of all is that he’s the homosexual protagonist of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, a competing children’s book from the mind of late night TV host John Oliver and comedian Jill Twiss. The story depicts Bundo’s struggles as he seeks to marry male bunny Wesley—and the competing book’s release date was set to just one day before Pence’s original would hit the market. Take a wild guess which book was the bestseller.

While the showdown took place in May 2018, a more recent controversy has arisen. Before getting into the details, let’s examine the content of the book: Bundo struggles with his feelings for male bunny, Wesley, in a cute and endearing tale devoid of any sexual content—and, surprisingly, devoid of any serious satire. (Of course, the book’s title and release date are already the satire.) The publisher, Chronicle Books, reported that the book is not a “straight-up” parody (maybe because there’s nothing straight about it). Instead, it’s a story “about marriage equality and democracy.”

“This is a real children’s book. This isn’t some adult book telling Mike Pence to go f##k himself,” Oliver stressed. “Although, in buying it, that’s exactly what you’d be doing.”

 

Marlon Bundo and Wesley's wedding ceremony

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Today, a first-grade teacher is under fire for reading the book to students. Parents’ complaints have been varied, including concerns that the book had not been pre-approved by the school district. Others complained that the book contained age-inappropriate content. “It’s not something that should be in an elementary school,” one parent responded. “That’s for me to decide at home—what I want to teach my child and what I feel they are able to handle.”

For some parents, the concern was not the maturity level of the content—it was the content itself. “Noah comes home one day and asks us if it’s OK for two male bunnies to get married,” one man commented. “I said, ‘By our beliefs, no.'”

Until the investigation is complete, the Seminole County School District is unable to comment on any possible repercussions.

 

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