Glen Pannell, is a graphic designer and occasional actor, in NYC and is a dead ringer for Mike Pence. He dresses up as the VP and collects money for various causes because he (like many of us) were bummed out after the collection.
“The depression kept feeding on itself so I finally decided I had to do something, and it had to be bold and immediate, something I could point to at the end of the day and say,
‘Here’s what I did to make change.'”
Pannell has so far collected money for Planned Parenthood, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and The Trevor Project — a national suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth. He wants to collect for the International Refugee Assistance Project too.
“These are all groups and causes that suffered when Pence was in office, so I worry about them in the next few years under a Trump-Pence administration.”
But he said,
“Just dressing up as Pence didn’t seem original. And then I thought there could be fun to be had with a sexy Mike Pence costume.”
Pannell decided to keep his upper half “pure Pence” and donned a pair of vintage athletic shorts from his high school days for his bottom half.
“I had never thought of them as ‘hot pants’, but Mike Hot-Pence rocks that look.”
He has a full-time job, so Pannell just collects money only on weekends, mostly in Times Square, but said that he’d like to find indoor spaces that will have him as the weather gets colder.
Pannell said that reactions on the street have been overwhelmingly positive.
“People want to give and they want to talk.
I’m 51. I never expect anything I do to go viral online.I do understand why people respond to it. It’s funny, and it’s hopeful, and people need that right now.”
He posts updates on his progress and you can find him on Twitter @MikeHotPence.
(Photos, Glenn Pannell; via Buzzfeed News)