John Oliver's spoof of a new children's book by the Vice President's family about their bunny, Marlon Bundo, has sold 180,000 copies in two days.
John Oliver's Book A Best Seller
On Sunday, March 19, Oliver debuted that a book on his show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.
While Oliver's book spoofs a children's picture book authored by Mike Pence's family about their pet bunny, Marlon Bundo, there is a small twist. Marlon Bundo falls for a male bunny in Oliver's version, which has been penned by writer Jill Twiss and illustrated by EG Keller.
Now, the comedian and talk show host has just revealed that his book not only overtook the Pence family's book on the charts but also sold 180,000 copies, merely days after the publication was announced. That's not all. The book is completely sold out and has made it to the top of Amazon's best-seller list.
"At that point, it's getting ridiculous," Oliver told Seth Meyers during a recent appearance on Late Night. "It sold 180,000 copies so far, which is definitely more than we were prepared for."
Mike Pence's Daughter Also Picks Up A Copy
Pence's daughter, Charlotte Pence, also purchased a copy of the book and did so because the proceeds from the book sales are donated to charity.
"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 told The Hill. "It doesn't have to be divisive."
She also noted that even though Oliver's book trolls her father's views, she is more than happy that the money is going to charitable organizations.
"I also want to support those charities," she added. "I really mean that."
John Oliver Trolls Mike Pence's Anti-LGBTQ Reputation
The Vice President's book revolves around the rabbit following him around for a day, Oliver's book is about Marlon Bundo falling in love with a male bunny and then eventually tying the knot with the same-sex bunny, thus mocking Pence's anti-LGBTQ stance.
Oliver told Meyers that he published a gay bunny book because he wanted to shed light on Pence's views on homosexuality.
"This is not an adult book telling Mike Pence to go f--k himself. Although that's exactly what you would be doing by buying it," he said on Sunday's episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.