Comedian John Oliver is trolling Vice President Mike Pence with a parody book about his family’s pet bunny to coincide with the Pence family’s release of a new children’s book, “Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President.”
The Pence family’s book, which is out Monday, was written by the vice president’s daughter, Charlotte Pence, and illustrated by second lady Karen Pence, a watercolor artist.
It “gives young readers a bunny’s-eye view of the special duties of the vice president,” according to the book’s publisher.
The HBO host decided to create a “Better Bundo Book” called A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo, which “tells the story of Vice President Mike Pence’s famed pet rabbit’s same-sex wedding.”
“You’ll notice right away that our rabbit has a bow tie, so there’s that,” Oliver explained on “Last Week Tonight” on Sunday. “Also, our story is about Marlon Bundo falling in love with another boy rabbit, because our Marlon Bundo is gay, just like the real Marlon Bundo.”
“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 of Oliver’s spoof Bundo book reads.
In 2006, Pence supported an amendment to the Indiana constitution that would have defined marriage as between one man and one woman. He also said at the time that legalizing gay marriage would cause a “societal collapse.”
In 2015 he signed SB 101, a broad religious freedom law that allows businesses in Indiana to deny services to LGBT people.
Back in 2000, Pence suggested on his campaign website that funds from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program should instead be diverted to organizations “which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.”
Oliver’s parody book was written by “Last Week” contributor Jill Twiss and illustrated by EG Keller. Proceeds are being donated to The Trevor Project, a suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth, and AIDS United.
“This is a real children’s book. This isn’t some adult book telling Mike Pence to go fuck himself,” Oliver said. “Although, in buying it, that’s exactly what you’d be doing.”
A spokesperson for Regnery Publishing, which issued the Pences’ book, called the parody “unfortunate.”
“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,” the spokesperson said in a statement.