Late-night show host John Oliver’s satire book that portrays Vice President Mike Pence’s family pet rabbit Marlon Bundo as gay has knocked former FBI Director James Comey’s unreleased book from the No. 1 spot on the Amazon best-sellers list on the first day it was released.
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” climbed to the No. 1 on the Amazon best-sellers list as of Monday afternoon, less than twelve hours after Oliver announced the book’s release on his show Sunday night after a 20-minute segment about the Vice President’s past. The segment included his continuing friendship with Dr. James Dobson, an outspoken believer that “homosexuality is preventable and treatable”.
Oliver’s book spoofs “A Day in the Life of the Vice President,” written by Pence’s daughter Charlotte Pence and illustrated by second lady Karen Pence.
Am honored beyond belief to be a part of the audio book version of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, a children’s book with a story about tolerance and advocacy, dedicated to every bunny who has ever felt different. All proceeds from book sales will be donated to The Trevor Project and AIDS United. Thank you to @lastweektonight for including me in this. Link in bio. ❤️🐰🌈🐰#adayinthelifeofmarlonbundo #betterbundobook @trevorproject @aidsunited @jessetyler @rupaulofficial @jalithgow #elliekemper #jeffgarlin #jackmcbrayer @chroniclebooks
In Oliver’s version, Bundo falls in love with another male bunny, Wesley, while playing in the garden of the grounds of the US Naval Observatory, where the real-life Pences and Bundo live. The book is an explicit jab at Pence’s record on LGBTQ rights.
“There are a few small differences between the two books. You’ll notice right away that our rabbit has a bow tie, so there’s that,” Oliver said on his show. “Also, our story is about Marlon Bundo falling in love with another boy rabbit, because our Marlon Bundo is gay.”
Proceeds from Oliver’s book are going toward the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention organization that offers support to young LGBT community members. Proceeds will also benefit AIDS United, a group dedicated to ending the AIDS epidemic in the U.S.
Proceeds from the Pences’ book will benefit Tracy’s Kids, an organization that offers art therapy to young cancer patients.