As Twitchy reported Monday, “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver announced on his show that he was publishing a parody of Charlotte Pence’s children’s book, “Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President,” except in his book, the bunny protagonist was gay.
“Selling more books than Pence will probably *really* piss him off,” John Oliver said of his gay children's book featuring the VP's pet bunny, Marlon Bundo https://t.co/kDtiRZzftd
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) March 19, 2018
Fox Business describes Oliver’s book as imagining “a world where Bundo (as he’s commonly known) falls in love with another male rabbit, but is prevented from marrying him by a stink bug that declares boys have to marry girls.”
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) March 20, 2018
Karen and Charlotte Pence both appeared on “Mornings with Maria” on Fox Business to promote their book and were asked about Oliver’s spoof — and author Charlotte reacted in the classiest way possible:
“I think imitation is the most sincere form of flattery in a way,” she said. “But in all seriousness, his book is contributing to charities that I think we can all get behind. We have two books that are giving to charities that are both about bunnies, so I’m all for it, really.”
Proceeds from Oliver’s book go to The Trevor Project, a crisis intervention and suicide prevent service for LGBTQ youth, and AIDS United, while proceeds from Pence’s book will go to A21, a nonprofit dedicated to stopping human trafficking, as well as an art therapy program at the Riley Hospital for Children.
Of course, during his segment, Oliver never got around to the bit where Pence’s book raises money to stop sex trafficking.
Here’s video of the segment:
How great is that? While Oliver hopes his book outsells Pence’s to “really piss off” the vice president, Charlotte Pence acknowledges that both books are benefiting worthy charities, so the more sales the better.
#instagram #repost #marlonbundo: @LastWeekTonight Not gonna lie, I do look pretty fly in a bow tie. The only thing better than one bunny book for charity is…TWO bunny books for charity. #BOTUS – Marlon pic.twitter.com/VpDdpRZoOr
— Charlotte Rose Pence (@charlipence) March 19, 2018
“The only thing better than one bunny book for charity is … TWO bunny books for charity.” Awesome.
So Mike Pence’s wife and daughter wrote a children’s book where all the proceeds go to a church group that helps rescue sex trafficking victims and John Oliver thought that was the perfect thing to mock with a gay version of the book?
— Diddley Squät (@Diddley_Squat) March 19, 2018
Pretty much sounds like John Oliver. https://t.co/X1TY0KEnX1
— EricEEE (@EEElverhoy) March 19, 2018
Incredibly low, @iamjohnoliver.
Can you imagine him doing a similar segment to mock a children's book written by Chelsea Clinton? https://t.co/784Kbr9QVo
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) March 19, 2018
Oh no, not THAT! John Oliver thinks he's found a way to 'REALLY piss' off Mike Pence https://t.co/Zzag3iNXKF
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 19, 2018