John Oliver’s Parody of Mike Pence’s Children’s Book Outsells the Original

Marlon Bundo, the Pence familys pet rabbit
Marlon Bundo, the Pence family's pet rabbit | © Hannah MacInnis / WikiCommons
JW McCormack

In one of the greatest trolls of recent memory, late-night host John Oliver’s A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo was released a day before Vice President Mike Pence’s own children’s book, Marlon Bundo’sA Day in the Life of the Vice President, and quickly outsold it.

Oliver’s book details the adventures of a cartoon rabbit who finds love with another male rabbit by the name of Wesley. Pence’s book, by contrast, is merely a bunny-eye’s view of the politician, who has supported “pray the gay away” therapy practices and who condemned homosexuality as a “deterioration of the family” in 2006.

It took less than a week for Oliver’s book (also available at to outsell Pence’s, netting the top spot on Amazon by March 22, 2018, just two days after its release. Noting on a Sunday episode of his HBO show Last Week Tonight that “Marlon Bundo” (truly an epic name for a pet rabbit) is his favorite thing about the Vice President, Oliver billed A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo as a story “of tolerance and advocacy … [exploring] issues of same-sex marriage and democracy.” A war of Amazon reviews commenced, with one reader of Oliver’s book rating it as “A wonderful way to discuss that [it is] ok to love who you love. Be it a boy bunny, a girl bunny, or a stinkbug.” The stinkbug, in this case, is a caricature of the Vice President, who tries to come in the way of Bundo and Wesley’s union.

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo
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