Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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from Wikipedia

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo (also known as Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents: A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo) is a 2018 children's book written by Jill Twiss and illustrated by E. G. Keller, which details a fictional day in the life of Marlon Bundo, the real-life pet rabbit of Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence. The story details the same-sex romance between Marlon Bundo and another rabbit named Wesley.

The book and its LGBT-inclusive theme was written by Jill Twiss (with Marlon Bundo credited as co-writer), who is a comedy writer for the television show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, in response to Pence's staunch opposition to same-sex marriage and support of pseudoscientific conversion therapy. It was released on March 18, 2018, one day before the release of Marlon Bundo's: A Day in the Life of the Vice President, another children's book featuring Marlon Bundo made by members of Pence's family, and of which A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo is also a loose parody. The audiobook version features Jim Parsons,‎ Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, Ellie Kemper,‎ John Lithgow,‎ Jack McBrayer,‎ and RuPaul.

On the day of release, John Oliver promoted the book on Last Week Tonight at the conclusion of an episode mainly dedicated to Pence and his positions on LGBT issues; it became a bestseller and the #1 book and e-book on Amazon the following day, receiving notable praise and selling much better than the crew of Last Week Tonight had expected. All profits from the book are being donated to The Trevor Project and AIDS United.

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo was conceptualized as a loose parody of Marlon Bundo's: A Day in the Life of the Vice President, a children's book written by Mike Pence's daughter Charlotte Pence and illustrated by his wife Karen Pence. Their book also tells about a fictionalized day of the Pence family's pet rabbit, but without the LGBT themes of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.

Marlon Bundo, the Pence family's pet rabbit. Photo:HannahMacInnis
On March 18, 2018, the publication of both books was used as a comedy piece on Last Week Tonight to raise awareness of Mike Pence's stated anti-LGBT attitudes. John Oliver stated he had taken issue with the real-life Marlon Bundo having to make a stop at the anti-LGBT organization Focus on the Family during an upcoming promotional book tour with the Pences. With the Pences' book scheduled to appear on March 19, John Oliver announced the publication of a "better Bundo book" at that very moment (so preceding the Pences' book).

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo is an actual children's story about marriage equality and democracy, rather than a straight-up parody of the Pences' book. It nevertheless contains some stabs at Mike Pence, with the Marlon Bundo character claiming that Pence "isn't very fun" and a stink bug character sporting a white hairdo looking like Pence's.

John Oliver acquired two domain names to promote A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo. The domain betterbundobook.com contrasts the book with the Pence-family-written Bundo book and focusonthefurmily.com (which redirects to betterbundobook.com) satirizes the anti-LGBT organization Focus on the Family.

In the March 18 broadcast, Oliver said that aside from sending an inclusive message, he was hoping to anger Pence over the competition for his family's book and the fact that Last Week Tonight is donating all proceeds of its book to LGBT-friendly organizations (The Trevor Project and AIDS United).

Plot
Marlon Bundo, a black-and-white bunny sporting a colorful polka dotted bow tie, lives in the home of "Grampa", Vice President Mike Pence. Marlon is lonely, but one morning after breakfast, he meets Wesley, a bespectacled brown bunny. They spend the day together, hopping around in the garden and the house. They decide to get married, because they never want to hop without each other again.
Marlon and Wesley tell their animal friends, who respond enthusiastically. But the stink bug, who is in charge, yells at them that boy bunnies can only marry girl bunnies. He calls them different, and different is bad. The other animals speak up and tell him how each of them is different in their own way. They decide to vote on who is in charge and the stink bug is voted out. Marlon and Wesley have their wedding, with their friends in attendance. They go to sleep in anticipation of their "bunnymoon". 

Get it on Amazon. They have them - or they will have as soon as the 2nd printing comes in.  The 1st one sold out.

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