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John Oliver parodies book about Mike Pence’s pet rabbit by making it about gay rights

Jess Glass March 19, 2018

Comedian John Oliver has hit out at Mike Pence with a beautiful pro-LGBT parody of a children’s book about the Vice President’s rabbit.

Earlier this year it was announced that the family of Vice President Mike Pence would be releasing a children’s novel about the Pence family rabbit, Marlon Bundo.

Illustrated by Karen Pence, the wife of the Vice President and written by their daughter Charlotte, the book called Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President is set to be released today.

On the most recent episode of his HBO show Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took aim at Mike Pence, criticising him for his support of Donald Trump and views on LGBT rights.

As part of a wider segment about the Vice President, Oliver described the Pence family rabbit as the ‘most likeable thing about an otherwise unlikable man’.

(Photo: MarlonBundo/Instagram)

Oliver hit out at the children’s book for its upcoming tour, which will involve a stop with group Focus on the Family, which has been known to promote ‘gay cure’ therapy.

The HBO star then announced his own version of the children’s book, entitled ‘A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo’.

Oliver introduced the book, saying: “Now, there are a few small differences between the two books… Our Marlon Bundo is gay.”

The comedian then described the story as a “very special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny.”

The parody book, ‘A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo’ is described as a book about same-sex marriage and was released yesterday.

The online description reads: “With its message of tolerance and advocacy, this charming children’s book explores issues of same-sex marriage and democracy.

“Sweet, funny, and beautifully illustrated, this book is dedicated to every bunny who has ever felt different.

Related: Fact check — What is Mike Pence’s record on LGBT rights?

During the show, Oliver revealed a teaser for a ‘Marlon Bundo’ audiobook, which features celebrities Jim Parsons, Ellie Kemper, RuPaul, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

As of writing, Oliver’s book has over 500 five-star reviews on Amazon.

In comparison, the pre-release of the Pence family’s book has 23 one-star reviews, many of which tell would-be customers to buy the parody instead.

According to the publisher, the proceeds from Oliver’s book will go to two LGBT charities, The Trevor Project and AIDS United.

This isn’t the first time Oliver has used his popular comedy show to highlight LGBT issues.

The British-born comedian has previously hit out at LGBT discrimination and explained the battle for trans rights in the US.

(HBO)

During the now-viral segment on trans rights he said: “Some transgender people do go undergo hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery as part of their hormone therapy. Some do not.

“And interestingly their decision on this matter is, medically speaking, none of your f***ing business.”

On a recent St Patrick’s Day visit to Georgia, protestors welcomed the divisive Vice President — by covering the town in rainbow flags.

One local business owner referred to Pence as Satan, saying that he had dressed up his business for the “unwelcome visit of the Prince of Darkness”.

More: children's book, entertainment, HBO, John Oliver, last week tonight, Mike Pence

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