Pence Publisher Calls John Oliver's Bunny Book 'Unfortunate'

Pence Publisher Calls John Oliver's Bunny Book 'Unfortunate'

Kerry Wise
March 20, 2018

John Oliver did a segment on Mike Pence during Sunday's episode of Last Week Tonight, focusing mostly on all the positions the vice president holds that Oliver finds distasteful-among them his opposition to women in the military, abortion rights, and LGBT rights.

The new book, "Marlon Bundo's Day in the Life of the Vice President", written by Charlotte Pence, the vice president's daughter, and illustrated by Karen Pence, his wife, was released on Monday. All the proceeds will go to two organizations, The Trevor Project, the charity which provides services to at-risk LGBT+ youth, and AIDS United.

"This is a real children's book", Oliver said on his show while introducing it. The rabbit is named Marlon Bundo, which Oliver admits "is an objectively good name for a bunny". "Although, in buying it, that's exactly what you'd be doing". "And isn't that the dream, at the end of the day?" He used "Last Week Tonight" writer Jill Twiss and illustrator EG Keller to come up with his own version, titled "A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo". Not only does Marlon Bundo have his own Instagram, he also has his own children's book out this week.

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By coincidence, a second Marlon Bundo book will be coming out tomorrow, courtesy of John Oliver. "Saying you don't support conversion therapy and then calling Dobson your "mentor" is like saying you're a 'staunch vegetarian and a law-abiding citizen, and by the way, please meet my lifelong friend and mentor the Hamburlgar, '" he quipped.

John Oliver introduced the Vice President as "the opposite of whatever a silver fox is" (it's "ashen weasel") and points out that while he's similar to many members of Trump's administration ("ethically compromised, creeped the fuck out by Jared, and subjected to all sorts of unwanted physical contact"), he's exceptionally awful in a lot of ways. With its message of tolerance and advocacy, this charming children's book explores issues of same sex marriage and democracy.

There is also an audiobook available on Amazon which features narration from a host of stars including The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons, John Lithgow, RuPaul and more.