English comedian John Oliver, who shot to fame with his popular show Last Week Tonight with John Olivier, has published a children’s book about a gay bunny in order to parody another book being published by the Pence family that follows their own pet rabbit.
‘Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President’ has been written by Pence’s daughter, Charlotte Pence, and features watercolour illustrations by the second lady Karen Pence. This children’s book was published on Monday and “gives young readers a bunny’s-eye view of the special duties of the vice president.”
As CNN reports, John Oliver has also published his own children’s story about the Vice President’s rabbit and is called ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.’ According to its publisher, the book “tells the story of Vice President Mike Pence’s famed pet rabbit’s same-sex wedding.”
“I live with my Mom, Grandma, and Grampa in an old, stuffy house on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory. That’s because my Grampa is the vice president. His name is Mike Pence. But this story isn’t going to be about him because he isn’t very fun. This story is about me, because I’m very, very fun,” an excerpt reads alongside a watercolour picture of the rabbit, sporting a multicolour bow tie, hula-hooping on the grounds of the vice president’s residence.
Pence was heavily criticised during his time as governor for Indiana for his stances on issues regarding LGBTQ rights. He infamously signed the religious freedom bill in 2015. Pence’s publisher, Regnery Publishing, said of Oliver’s book: “It’s unfortunate that anyone would feel the need to ridicule an educational children’s book and turn it into something controversial and partisan. 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.”
At the time of writing, Oliver’s book is currently at No. 1 in the Amazon bestseller charts whilst the Pences’ book is in 4th. All proceeds from Oliver’s book will go to The Trevor Project and AIDS United, whilst proceeds from the Pences’ book will go to A21, a non-profit focused on combating human trafficking, and an art therapy program at Riley Hospital for Children. Regardless of which version you’d prefer to read, it’s nice to see people in need will benefit from both publications.