We can all probably use a bit of levity in our lives right now, and you can’t get more absurdly silly than John Oliver in an elaborate bird costume, in his words “interfering” in an election: New Zealand’s contest for “Bird of the Century.”
His choice, the water bird pūteketeke, did in fact win, and in a landslide. “After all, this is what democracy is all about,” Oliver said about his campaign. “America interfering in foreign elections.”
The campaign was international, with a “The Lord of the Wings” billboard in New Zealand’s capital of Wellington billboards in Paris, Tokyo, London, and Mumbai. He even had a plane fly over Ipanema Beach in Brazil, trailing a campaign banner.