The saga around John Oliver's book about Mike Pence's gay rabbit just got even more bizarre

Mimi Launder
Saturday 31 March 2018 11:30
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It's hard for a sentence to get much better than 'John Oliver is trolling Mike Pence with a book about a gay rabbit'.

But try this for size: 'John Oliver is trolling Mike Pence with a book about a gay rabbit and a copy will soon be available at every public grammar school in Indiana'. Beautiful, mesmerising and 100 per cent factually accurate.

Bewildered? Confused? Not up-to-date with your gay rabbit news? Basically, the family of the Vice President Mike Pence inexplicably released a book about their pet rabbit called Marlon Bundo and John Oliver wrote his own version with one crucial difference: his rabbit is gay, a wonderfully loud reference to Pence's disturbing record on LGBT+ rights.

Now, Max Mutchnick, the Emmy-winning co-creator of Will & Grace, has purchased 1,121 copies of John Oliver's A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo and will donate one copy to every public grammar school in Indiana in a mighty push back against intolerance.

Speaking on the latest episode of Last Week Tonight, Oliver explained what his - and Last Week Tonight writer Jill Twiss and illustrator E.G. Keller's - take on Mike Pence's now-gay rabbit involves:

Now, there are a few small differences between the two books. You’ll notice right away that our rabbit has a bow tie, so there’s that.

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.

Within 24 hours, the book occupied the top spot on Amazon’s best-seller list. By day two, had sold all 180,000 copies that were originally printed. And, yes, the sales hopped higher than the Pence family's original version.

All of the sales from Better Bundo Book will go straight to the LGBT+ charities The Trevor Project and AIDS United.

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