John Oliver’s gay rabbit book parody outsells Mike Pence’s original on Amazon
Sales of comedians spoiler surpass Pence childrens book, Marlon Bundos A Day in the Life of the Vice President
A childrens picture book released by comedian John Oliver about a gay bunny has hit the top spot on Amazon, outselling a vanilla version featuring US vice-presidents Mike Pences pet rabbit.
The satirical doppelganger titled Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo was strategically released by the British late-night TV host a day before Marlon Bundos A Day in the Life of the Vice President, which was written by Pences daughter Charlotte and illustrated by his wife, Karen.
Within two days of its release, Olivers Marlon Bundo had sold 180,000 copies on Amazon and become the bestselling book on the site, outstripping the Pence version which at the time of writing languished in fourth place.
The Pence book tells the tale of Marlon Bundo trailing his master for a day, but Olivers version, written by comedian and staff writer Jill Twiss, is about a lonely bunny who lives with his grampa, the vice-president of the United States who one day falls in love with another boy bunny.
Olivers book explores the rabbits struggle to marry a handsome bunny called Wesley, and is a tale of tolerance and advocacy … [exploring] issues of same-sex marriage and democracy.
Proceeds from Olivers book, which is dedicated to every bunny who has ever felt different, go to Aids United and the LGBTQ charity the Trevor Project.
Pence is staunchly opposed to gay marriage, warning in 2006 it would lead to the deterioration of the family and societal collapse.
On Sunday Oliver encouraged his viewers to purchase his book, saying: Selling more books than Pence will probably really piss him off.
The two books release sparked a buying and review war between the vice-presidents fans and his detractors. Haters left one-star reviews beneath Pences book, while his fans fought back with five-star reviews.
One outraged reviewer wrote they bought the Pence book in response to Mr Olivers hate-filled diatribe.
One reviewer wrote beneath Olivers book: After successfully completing my conversion (shock) therapy sessions with Focus on the Family, I found this book sitting on the bus stop corner. After reading three times over, I never knew the struggles of Mr Marlon Bundo could be so pertinent to our nations struggles but also our own internal ones. From here on out, only male bunnies for me.