Earlier this month, I reported that John Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, announced his team had written and published A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, a children’s book spun from the news that Vice President Mike Pence’s family had penned and illustrated their own children’s book, Marlon Bundo’s: A Day in the Life of the Vice President.
Jill Twiss, a writer on Oliver’s Last Week Tonight show penned the charming book with illustrations by E.G. Keller.
Marlon Bundo is the actual pet rabbit of the Veep’s daughter and both books follow Marlon as he hops around D.C.
But in the Last Week Tonight tome, Marlon Bundo falls in love with another male rabbit named Wesley, which probably irked the Veep as he’s known for his notoriously anti-LGBT positions and policies.
The LWT book sold-out and became a #1 bestseller on Amazon.
But wait – there’s more!
This week, Max Mutchnick, one of the creators of Will & Grace, has purchased and donated a copy of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo to every elementary school in the Pence’s home state of Indiana.
Along with the books, Mutchnik sent a letter which read, in part:
“I would like to donate this copy of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo to your library. After hearing about the book, I brought it home and read it to my twin daughters. It’s a poignant story about how love and community can rise above intolerance.”
Seth Meyers chatted with John Oliver of HBO’s Last Week Tonight about the runaway success of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, Oliver’s bestselling book about Vice President Mike Pence’s gay bunny.
Oliver debuted the book at the end of a segment of his show regarding Pence’s homophobic views. Oliver says the project evolved “on the quiet.”
The book has hit #1 on Amazon’s best seller list selling over 180,000 copies leading not only the Pence’s bunny book (#4) but also James Comey’s upcoming A Higher Loyalty (#2).
Also available is the audio book read by a list of luminaries like Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jim Parsons, RuPaul, Ellie Kemper, and John Lithgow and features a white-haired stink bug character that looks awfully familiar.
You can find the book on Amazon here. All proceeds from the book go to The Trevor Project and AIDS United.
So, after chatting about Vice President Mike Pence’s many anti-LGBTQ issues and policies on Sunday night, John Oliver of HBO’s Last Week Tonight announced a “gay bunny” version of the childrens book by Pence’s 24-year-old daughter, Charlotte, and illustrated by his wife, Second Lady Karen Pence about the family pet bunny, Marlon Bundo.
John Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, did a deep dive last night on Vice President Mike Pence’s terrible record on LGBTQ rights.
About the only thing Oliver could find to like about the veep is his pet rabbit, Marlo Bundo.
Bundo is so popular that the vice president’s daughter, Charlotte Pence, wrote a book about the bunny which was illustrated by second lady (and watercolor artist) Karen Pence.
The publisher says the tome “gives young readers a bunny’s-eye view of the special duties of the vice president.”
In order to spotlight the LGBTQ rights Pence so virulently opposes, Oliver trolled Pence with a parody book, A Day in The Life of Marlon Bundo, wherein a bow tie wearing Marlon meets and falls in love with another gay bunny but runs into obstacles when they try and marry.
Overnight Oliver’s became an Amazon #1 bestseller:
Oliver’s parody book was penned by Last Week Tonight contributor Jill Twiss and illustrated by EG Keller.
The proceeds will go to The Trevor Project, which supports LGBTQ youth, and AIDS United, which works to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States.
“Please buy it for your children; buy it for any child you know, or just buy it because you know it will annoy Mike Pence,” says Oliver. “You’d be doing a nice thing, in a really dick-ish way. And isn’t that the dream, at the end of the day?”
You can watch the segment below. The section on Bundo begins around the 14:10 mark.
I don’t usually watch long video clips on the interwebs (short attention span, don’t you know), but I did find this segment by John Oliver on HBO’s Last Week Tonight to be compelling.
I think a lot of Americans would be surprised to find out that their local news is being thoughtfully manipulated by a conservative conglomerate.
Oliver explains how Sinclair Broadcast Group is setting itself up to be the country’s largest owner of local TV stations, and with that ownership the company is dictating content and political bias.
As Oliver points out, with Fox News you know you’re getting a conservative viewpoint. Not so when it comes to these local stations.
With in-house created “editorials,” daily “Terrorist Alert Desk” scares and clips that are dispatched to the stations labeled “must run,” local viewers are being told what to think without really understanding why the content is being presented.
John Oliver of HBO’s Last Week Tonight explains how the version of the American Health Care Act passed by House Republicans this past week is worse than the first version of the legislation.
“Yes, they took a bad thing and managed to make it even worse. It’s like watching Mariah Carey’s Glitter and saying, “You know what this needs? Jar Jar Binks.”
And while House Speaker Paul Ryan and his fellow Republicans insist that the bill guarantees access to health care for people with pre-existing conditions, they are not making clear that any small gap in insurance coverage could result in much higher premiums.
“It’s like if your daughter asks, ‘Can I have a cookie,’ and you say: ‘Sure, that will be $1.5 billion, Katie. You have not been denied this cookie, you still have full access to it should you choose to become successful enough to afford it.’”
“It is frankly hard to believe there ever was a time when people thought a Trump candidacy would be funny, but there was such a time,” Oliver said, in his own defense. “As you may remember, three years ago I guest-hosted The Daily Show. “And, there is something you should see,” he said, cueing up his video confessional.
In The Daily Show video Oliver responds to an MSNBC report the reality TV star will consider a White House run in ’16, taunting Trump, “Do it! Do it! Look at me! Do it!” as his Comedy Central show audience erupts in gales of laughter. “I will personally write you a campaign check now, on behalf of this country, which does not want you to be president but which badly wants you to run,” Oliver added.