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Jay Z requests his own 'Make Donald Drumpf Again' hat
In a recent episode of "Last Week Tonight", host John Oliver pulled some pretty serious punches on presidential candidate Donald Trump. Among other things, he cited a time when Trump criticized Oliver's former boss John Stewart for changing his name in an effort to become a star. As it turns out, Trump's own family made a similar change when they immigrated to the United States, and that the name "Trump" originally derived from "Drumpf."
From there, "Make Donald Drumpf Again" was born. And Forbes reported that it was just the tip of the iceberg.
Oliver is selling "Make Donald Drumpf Again Hats" on his website, although they sold out in just under a week. The hashtag #MakeDonaldDrumpfAgain saw equally outrageous success on the Internet following the episode. Even more wild, Oliver's team offered fans a Google Chrome extension that would replace the phrase "Donald Trump" anywhere on a user's browser with the words "Donald Drumpf." Just shy of half a million people downloaded this extension.
It appears it's not just Internet trolls and John Oliver die-hards that want in on the action. According to The Hollywood Reporter, during a recent appearance with his old co-worker Stephen Colbert, Oliver admitted his campaign had caught the eye of one very big superstar.
On his appearance on "The Late Show", Oliver explained to his former Daily Show colleague that at first he was disinterested in covering Trump on his own show. After Trump made a claim that he rejected Oliver and his team, however, it was clear that something had to be said. As Oliver put it:
"I didn't think I'd have to care, and then it turned out I did."
This was the initial motivation for the segment on Trump that eventually led to the "Make Donald Drumpf Again" hats. Oliver stated that already 35,000 had been sold at cost, meaning neither he nor HBO were making a profit on the merchandise.
"What's funnier than not making any money on an unexpected inexplicable hit?" said Oliver.
The Jay Z effect
The "Make Donald Drumpf Again" was so popular that Colbert himself couldn't get his hands on one of the hats, and Oliver had to bring one for his appearance on the show. As it turns out, Colbert is not the only celebrity in search of one of the elusive red caps.
Oliver explained that representatives of hip hop icon Jay Z called HBO and asked for one of the hats. Oliver explained that this could push the campaign to another level.
"If he puts that on his head in public, you're going to need more hats," he quipped. When Colbert asked about Beyonce, Jay Z's significant other, Oliver said, "If his wife puts it on in public, we are no longer a TV show, we are a hat manufacturing company."
The show may in fact produce more hats, and they are also being sold on Ebay. To get in on the action and "Make Donald Drumpf Again," take paid surveys online. It's a great way to make money online from home to pay for political merchandise of all types.
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