John Oliver's gay rewrite of the Pence family's children's book about their bunny Marlon Bundo has been outperforming the original, rocketing to the top of Amazon's bestseller list, and—as of Tuesday night—selling completely out of stock. The thing's so popular that, apparently, even Mike Pence's daughter couldn't resist picking up a copy, the Hill reports.
"I have bought his book," Charlotte Pence, the author of the original Bundo book, told the Hill.
"It doesn’t have to be divisive," she added. "I think that everybody can come together over Marlon."
Charlotte wrote the original children's book, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, about the family pet following around the Vice President for a day. The folks over at Last Week Tonight took the premise, considered Mike Pence's homophobic views, and decided to tweak the story a bit—making old Bundo gay, hooking him up with another boy bunny, and sending the two on a quest to get hitched. Even though Oliver's book is basically just a giant "fuck you" to her father, Charlotte told the Hill she didn't mind.
"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," she said Wednesday.
She really seems to be leaning into Oliver's book, telling FOX Business she was "all for it" and posting a photo of her bunny in the rainbow bow tie he sports in Last Week Tonight's saga.
It seems like no one has a bad word to say about Oliver's new book. Even its one-star reviews on Amazon are positive, AV Club reports. Instead of screeds from pissed-off MAGA fanatics, most are notes from people trolling any prospective haters looking for dirt on the uplifting, LGBTQ-friendly tome.
Oliver told Ellen Degeneres Tuesday he didn't expect his book to sell out so quickly, and that he's working on a second printing. Meanwhile, the Pences' tale doesn't seem to be having quite as much success—looks like there are still plenty of copies for sale on Amazon.
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