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.