Mike Pence's rabbit goes gay and hops off the shelves
John Oliver makes fun of the US vice president’s children’s book by retelling the story and making the protagonist a homosexual
When Mike Pence released a children’s book about his pet rabbit, he did not expect it to be outsold by a retelling in which the bunny is homosexual.
John Oliver, who was committed to his joke, published a copycat story the day before the US vice president’s was due to be released, and it has managed to outsell the original on Amazon.
In the original, Marlon Bundo’s A Day In the Life of the Vice President, the Pence family pet learns about the daily responsibilities of the vice president.
The book was written by Pence’s daughter Charlotte and illustrated by his wife Karen.
In order to make fun of Pence's conservative views on homosexuality, Oliver caused the protagonist, Marlon Bundo, to fall in love with another male in his version.The comedian’s was penned by comedian and staff writer Jill Twiss, and the synopsis says it is about “a lonely bunny who lives with his grampa, the vice-president of the United States”, and one day “falls in love with another boy bunny”.
Proceeds from the book will go to Aids United and the LGBTQ charity the Trevor Project.
Pence’s daughter confirmed she bought a copy of Oliver’s re-telling, and 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 her book will be split between Tracy’s Kids, an organisation that provides art therapy to cancer patients, and A21, a non-profit that fights human trafficking.Her father, however, has not commented. He is famously opposed to gay marriage, saying in 2006 that it would lead to the “deterioration of the family” and “societal collapse”.Oliver urged his fans to buy a copy of the book, saying on his television show: “Selling more books than Pence will probably really piss him off.”The book-buying frenzy sparked debate among fans of John Oliver and those with similar views to Mike Pence, with many leaving one-star reviews under each book on Amazon.
One reviewer wrote that they bought Pence’s book “in response to Mr Oliver’s hate-filled diatribe”, while another wrote they bought Oliver’s as an “up yours to Mr Pence!”
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