A newly released children’s book by the family of Vice President Mike Pence has received several negative reviews after self-styled “comedian” John Oliver criticized the vice president for his “extreme positions like his opposition to abortion and gay rights.”
The new book, “Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President,” written by Charlotte Pence, the vice president’s daughter, and illustrated by Karen Pence, his wife, was released on Monday. The story is a fictional account of a day in the life of the Pence family pet, a rabbit named Marlon Bundo.
In the latest episode of Oliver’s HBO show, “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver announced the release of a parody book titled “A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.”
“It turns out, in a complete coincidence, we also wrote a book about Mike Pence’s rabbit that has also been published,” Oliver said on Sunday’s episode. The book, authored by Oliver’s writer Jill Twiss and illustrated by EG Keller, tells the story of Marlon Bundo, a gay rabbit that is harassed by a stink bug character drawn to look like the vice president.
“You’ll notice right away that our rabbit has a bow tie, so there’s that,” he said. “Also, our story is about Marlon Bundo falling in love with another boy rabbit, because our Marlon Bundo is gay, just like the real Marlon Bundo.”
Oliver urged his audience to buy his parody of the Pences’ book to “annoy” the vice president.
“This is a real children’s book. This isn’t some adult book telling Mike Pence to go fuck himself,” he said. “Although, in buying it, that’s exactly what you’d be doing.”
Oliver’s fans descended on the Amazon.com page of the Pences’ book to leave one-star reviews and troll.
“Not only would it be a huge middle finger to our homophobic vice president to outsell his book with John’s version but, it’s actually written for children and provides a positive, progressive message for kids in times when for the first time in a long time they’re exposed on a daily basis to the divisiveness, and hateful rhetoric by our mistake of a president and his sloppy, barely-together administration,” wrote one reviewer.
“Don’t buy your kids a book, written by a bigot whose toxic rhetoric has contributed to high suicide rates in lgbt youth,” another wrote.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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