Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President is a new book about the White House pet rabbit written by Vice President Mike Pence’s daughter Charlotte and illustrated by second lady Karen Pence. The book “gives young readers a bunny’s-eye view of the special duties of the vice president,” says its publisher.
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Now, though, John Oliver has put out a competing Marlon Bundo book: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo (see pic above).
Oliver’s picture book tells the story of a “Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny,” according to the book’s description.
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“You’ll notice right away that our rabbit has a bow tie, so there’s that,” Oliver said on Last Week Tonight las night. “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.”
Says Chronicle Books:
“With its message of tolerance and advocacy, this children’s picture book beautifully explores issues of marriage equality and democracy.”
An audio version of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo features the voice of Jim Parsons as Marlon with special guests Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, Ellie Kemper, John Lithgow, Jack McBrayer and… our very own RuPaul!
The Pence’s publisher is NOT amused.
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.