"I have bought his book. He’s giving proceeds of the book to charity, and we’re also giving proceeds of our book to charity, so I really think that we can all get behind it," Charlotte Pence told The Hill. She wrote the original book, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, which features illustrations by her mother Karen. It follows the rabbit as he hangs out with the vice president for a day, doing things like consulting with President Trump in the Oval Office and reading the bible at the end of the day. But Oliver's version of the book is a complete troll.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo flips the original story to make Marlon Bundo gay. The rabbit is on a mission to marry the love of his life, despite naysayers like a stink bug (who resembles Pence himself) claiming that boy bunnies aren't supposed to marry other boy bunnies. The premise of the new book is a direct hit at the Veep, who notoriously has a public hatred for the gay community and reportedly believes their sexuality can be treated with "conversion therapy."
Oliver's book is actually outselling Charlotte's own. It reached No. 1 on Amazon's best-sellers list. Oliver's The Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo audiobook, featuring the voices of Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, Ellie Kemper, John Lithgow, Jack McBrayer, and RuPaul, is also Audible’s No. 1 best-seller as of Wednesday night.
The proceeds from Oliver’s book will go towards AIDS United, a non-profit dedicated to ending the AIDS epidemic in the U.S., and the Trevor Project, a suicide prevention organization that supports the young LGBTQ community. Charlotte appears to be supportive of his charitable efforts, posting a photo of the bunny in the rainbow bow tie featured in the book.
"It doesn’t have to be divisive. I think that everybody can come together over Marlon," she told The Hill. "I also want to support those charities—I really mean that."