This week a new children’s book about U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence’s pet rabbit Marlon Bundo is coming out, and John Oliver is already on top of things with his own parody.
After attacking Pence’s views on issues such as gay marriage, women in the military, and the animated film “Mulan”, the “Last Week Tonight” host admitted that Marlon Bundo is “an objectively good name for a bunny.”
So good, in fact, that Oliver decided to create his own kids’ book about Marlon, titled A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.
“A few small differences: you’ll notice our rabbit has a bow tie,” Oliver noted. “Also, our book is about Marlon Bundo falling in love with another boy rabbit because our Marlon Bundo is gay, just like the real Marlon Bundo.”
Pence’s publisher Regnery Publishing responded to the late-night host’s satirical take on their book, issuing a statement to The Blast.
“It’s unfortunate that anyone would feel the need to ridicule an educational children’s book and turn it into something controversial and partisan,” the statement read.
“Our and Mrs. and Charlotte Pence’s goal is — and will continue to be — to educate young readers about the important role of the Vice President, as well as to highlight the charities to which portions of the book proceeds will be donated, Tracy’s Kids, A21 and Riley Children’s Health.”
Amazingly, Oliver’s Bundo book is actually on sale, both in book format and as an audiobook from Audible featuring the voices of RuPaul, John Lithgow, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ellie Kemper, Jim Parsons, Jack McBrayer and Jeff Garlin.
Proceeds from A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo will go to Trevor Project and AIDS United.
The Blast also reports that at the time of Regnery’s response Oliver’s book was the top-selling book on Amazon, with Pence’s book sitting at #1 in the “Children’s United States Biographies” category.
Since then, however, Oliver’s bunny book has gone through the roof. By Monday night, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo had captured the #1 spot on the Amazon bestseller list, knocking former FBI director James Comey’s highly anticipated A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership from the top spot. Pence’s Bundo book is hovering in fifth place.
And there is no ill will from Pence’s daughter Charlotte, who helped write the book. In fact, Charlotte Pence has even purchased a copy of Oliver’s parody.
“He [Oliver] is giving proceeds of the book to charity, and we’re also giving proceeds of our book to charity, so I really think that we can all get behind it,” she told The Hill. “It doesn’t have to be divisive.”