Mike Pence is likely blind with rage right now. Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President, a book penned by his wife and daughter that stars his real-life pet rabbit Marlon Bundo, is being currently being trounced in sales by Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, a parody children’s book, in which Marlon is gay. He finds love with another rabbit named Wesley and, together with other forest creatures, they fight for LGBTQ rights.
Oliver’s parody isn’t just for laughs; it’s a witty critique of Pence’s historically anti-LGBTQ agenda. Whether Pence knew it or not, rabbits actually have a history of homosexual characteristics, with certain tests inducing behavior of which the notoriously homophobic Vice President would not approve.
Though it’s a parody, when Oliver announced the book release during his Sunday broadcast, he seemed sure that kids would like it.
“Please buy it for your children, buy it for any child you know or buy it because you know it would annoy Mike Pence,” Oliver said. “This is a real book for children.” His plea has not gone unheard: Oliver’s book is number 1 on Amazon’s best-seller list, while Pence’s version is only number 4.
Not only is Oliver’s book a funny jab at a divisive man, but the Pence title also doesn’t have any panache, nor does it benefit from funny subtext. Not to mention, Oliver intentionally dropped his book by surprise, and days ahead of the Pence release. As if that weren’t enough, Pence is even incorporated into the parody: the evil stink bug who rules over the forest and tells Marlon that he can’t marry Wesley is obviously drawn using Mike Pence’s likeness.
Still though, Oliver is a comedian and Pence is, well, the second most powerful man in the world, so it’s not shocking that the Pence camp is just trying to play it cool while the folks over at Last Week Tonight are celebrating a troll well done.
“His book is contributing to charities that I think we can all get behind,” said Charlotte Pence in an interview on Fox. “We have two books giving to charities that are about bunnies, so I’m all for it really.”
All of the proceeds from Oliver’s book are going towards the Trevor Project and AIDS United, while only a portion of the proceeds from Pence’s book will go to A21, a non-profit aimed at ending human trafficking.