John Oliver trolls Mike Pence in classic fashion

The vice-president is a notorious homophobe and that is just one of his many awful qualities as John Oliver points out. But after documenting how awful Pence is, Oliver reveals that Pence is releasing a children’s book about their pet bunny named Marlon Bundo and then springs a surprise.

Kevin Fallow says that Oliver’s book is already outselling Pence’s book.

Literally overnight, the biggest star in the literary world has become a gay bunny named Marlon Bundo.

On Sunday night John Oliver announced on HBO’s Last Week Tonight that A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo , a children’s book about a gay bunny, named after a pet rabbit owned by the family of Vice President Mike Pence, would be available immediately. That meant it beat a rival children’s book, Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President , written by Pence’s daughter, Charlotte, and illustrated by his wife, Karen, by mere hours to the digital shelves.

As of Monday afternoon, Last Week Tonight ’s book—which was written by Jill Twiss and illustrated by E.G. Keller, an artist from Pence’s home state of Indiana—was the No. 1 seller on Amazon, with the Pences’ book lagging noticeably behind at No. 6. With over 1,200 user reviews by that time, the Last Week Tonight book earned a rare five-star rating. The Pences’ effort had less than 50 reviews, and a woeful one-and-a-half-star rating.

Regnery Publishing, which released Pence’s book, blasted Oliver in a statement for bringing partisan politics into the release of a children’s story.

Oliver also stressed that this isn’t just some adult parody middle finger to Pence, but a legitimate children’s book meant to entertain, inspire, and be read by kids. We’ve read through a review copy of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo , and while that’s 100 percent true—this is a sweet and vital story about love that children can and should read and enjoy—it’s also as political as it is touching.

What you can expect is to see a ratings war as supporters of each book try to raise their own book’s rating and downgrade the other.


  1. says

    What you can expect is to see a ratings war as supporters of each book try to raise their own book’s rating and downgrade the other.

    Democracy gets ugly.

  2. file thirteen says

    The ratings war may already have started. When you go to amazon and search, Pence’s book still shows up with 1.5 stars. But drilling down into the reviews shows 30 reviews with mainly 5 star ratings and a 4.7 average.

  3. Dave, ex-Kwisatz Haderach says

    Laughing so hard I have tears in my eyes. I freakin’ love John Oliver.

  4. quotetheunquote says

    I totally understand why HBO needs to do this, but it’s very unfortunate that the link to YT has now been taken down. I was able to see an excerpt from the story yesterday, but now that seems to be gone too.

    Agree, however, about this being brilliant.

  5. Bruce H says

    I love that they bought a copy for every member of the audience. That’s a sleazy tactic to pump up sales early, often used by right wing authors and, in this case, I approve whole heartedly.

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