Karen and Charlotte Pence, the wife and daughter of Vice President Mike Pence, released a children's book Monday told through the eyes of their pet rabbit Marlon Bundo, but a parody of that volume published by late-night TV host John Oliver is selling more copies than the Pence book itself.
John Oliver and his "Last Week Tonight" team have a hit.
The original children's book describes Mr Pence's job as vice president of the U.S. through the eyes of his family rabbit, Marlon Bundo.
In an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday (March 20), Oliver was able to celebrate the news that his picture book - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo - scored the number one spot on Amazon's best-seller list. Another twist? The rabbit in Oliver's version is gay. Focus on the Family has said that it offers support to LGBT people seeking to change their sexual orientation. Oliver also revealed that the book had sold out because he wasn't anticipating anyone would actually purchase it.
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In addition to providing great fodder for laughing at Pence, the book has a deeper objective, fitting into the growing canon of children's literature with pro-LGBTQ themes. "T$3 his story isn't going to be about him because he isn't very fun", Bundo says in Oliver's book.
"I think that Marlon can bring everyone together", adding that the book "is historically accurate, good for teachers and students".
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"Marlon Bundo's Day in the Life of a Vice President" is a tribute to the Pence family's beloved rabbit.
She noted that it is personal to her father, "as his faith comes into it", and mostly depicts what a Vice President usually does in his day to day activities. "Of course, millions of Christians and even non-Christians hold to this standard, but Mr. Oliver disagrees and his seething reaction to our ministry's position was palpable", he argued.
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"Cute story, but it could've been an hour of a monotone voice saying the word "chrysanthemum" over and over and I still would've bought it just knowing it's a giant middle finger to Mike Pence", one Audible reviewer said of Oliver's parody.