A rabbit named Marlon Bundo, is becoming famous – not only because he is the pet of Vice President Mike Pence’s family – but because two books have now been written about him – with one being quite controversial.
Charlotte Pence, the 24-year-old daughter of Vice President Pence and his wife Karen, is a writer and filmmaker, who wrote the soon-to-be-published children’s book titled Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President.
Second Lady Karen Pence illustrated the book with cheery watercolor illustration. Mrs. Pence, Charlotte and Marlon Bundo were all guests on Fox & Friends Monday morning to discuss the new book, and the rabbit, who already has his own Instagram account.
Vanity Fair wrote: According to The Washington Post, a portion of the proceeds from the book will go to A21, a nonprofit focused on ending human trafficking. While Bundo himself probably won’t be able to abolish human trafficking entirely (though who knows? He’s making calls!), Pence firmly believes that he is a nonpartisan bunny.
SO thrilled to launch our latest book with @SecondLady and @charlipence on @foxandfriends this morning! Get your copy of #MarlonBundo’s “A Day in the Vice President’s Life” TODAY! https://t.co/RqapcjhzkU pic.twitter.com/0vTTx4geaM
— Regnery Publishing (@Regnery) March 19, 2018
Now, in mockery of the rabbit, “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver has spoofed the Pence book by coming out with his own version of a gay Marlon Bundo.
CBS News reports: Oliver took some literary liberties with his version of Bundo’s life: the late night host made the protagonist bunny gay, jabbing at Pence’s social conservatism, which has put him at odds with the LGBTQ community.
“Now, 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 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.”
Oliver released his book Sunday, just one day ahead of the original book’s scheduled publication date of March 19.
Oliver’s book has now bumped James Comey’s book off the Amazon best seller list.
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) March 19, 2018
Guys, I co-wrote a book with a bunny and I’m so ridiculously excited to share it with you! All of @LastWeekTonight‘s proceeds on this book will go to the Trevor Project and AIDS United. https://t.co/G9Tx3IULX5
— Jill Twiss (@jilltwiss) March 19, 2018
John Oliver just released a gay children’s book featuring Vice President Mike Pence’s pet bunny, Marlon Bundo, to compete with the Pence family’s own book. All proceeds go to the Trevor Project and AIDS United: https://t.co/U40wKcLR1W pic.twitter.com/2J9jA03369
— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) March 19, 2018
Wanna support @TrevorProject? Tonight @LastWeekTonight released a children’s book, you can get it with 100% of your purchase going to the org. Just click here: https://t.co/oPRgcITnFP #MarlonBundo pic.twitter.com/K93wSrtnXo
— Calvin (@calvinstowell) March 19, 2018
Meet #MarlonBundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, the Vice President of the United States. But when Marlon meets Wesley and falls in love, his life changes forever. pic.twitter.com/pvZIKF82Hb
— AIDS United (@AIDS_United) March 19, 2018
— Last Week Tonight (@LastWeekTonight) March 19, 2018
— Cullen Tomsheck (@CullenTomsheck) March 19, 2018
At least one Twitter user is confused, thinking the Pence book is about a rabbit being gay:
#MarlonBundo I just bought Mike & Karen Pence’s Book. Omgoodness I was shocked he wrote a book about his rabbit being #GAY I’m so upset. I thought you were #aChristian. What’s wrong with you. Ill never support you again. @VP@SecondLady@realMarlonBundo@cnalive pic.twitter.com/hdS4XdAoKM
— 🌊Pam Bianco⚓ (@PamBiancoUSN) March 19, 2018