John Oliver reveals that his gay parody of a story about Mike Pence’s rabbit has sold out
John Oliver has revealed that his pro-LGBT version of a children’s story about Vice President Mike Pence’s rabbit has sold out.
Pence’s family this week released a book about their bunny, titled “Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President”.
As part of a wider segment about the Vice President’s anti-LGBT policies and support for Donald Trump, Oliver announced that a gay parody of the Pence family’s book was being released by his show.
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents: A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo” tells the story of a gay rabbit in a rainbow bow-tie who falls in love.
It is now the number-one bestseller on Amazon – three places above the Pences’ book.
And, Oliver has revealed to Ellen DeGeneres on her show, the book has now sold out.
“Unfortunately we have sold out, because we were not anticipating people really buying it,” he said, laughing.
“But,” he reassured Ellen, “you can – they’re doing a reprint, so you can still buy it. You can buy the second printing, but it’ll take a few weeks.”
The book has sold a whopping 180,000 copies so far.
Proceeds from the book will go to two LGBT charities, The Trevor Project and AIDS United.
The comedian has described the story as a “very special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny.”
The online description reads: “Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence – the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon’s life is about to change forever…
“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.”
During his show, Oliver revealed a teaser for a Marlon Bundo audiobook, which features celebrities Jim Parsons, Ellie Kemper, RuPaul, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and is now available online.
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Today, the Vice President’s daughter Charlotte Pence came out in support of Oliver’s book.
Speaking to Fox with her family’s rabbit, Ms Pence – who penned the original story – said: “I think imitation is the most sincere form of flattery in a way, but also, in all seriousness, his book is contributing to charities that I think we can all get behind.
“We have two books that are giving to charities that are both about bunnies, so I’m all for it, really.”
Watch John Oliver tell Ellen all about it here: