By now, you’ve probably heard of John Oliver’s parody book that mocks Vice President Mike Pence.
If you haven’t, here’s a little refresher.
Comedian and late-night talk show host John Oliver got word that Mike Pence’s daughter, Charlotte Pence, was releasing a book about their family’s pet rabbit named Marlon Bundo. The book is titled Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President.
Oliver then decided to play a little prank by publishing his own book about Bundo, but this time Marlon Bundo’s gay. The title of his parody is called, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.
The idea was to focus on Mike Pence’s controversial views on homosexuality and his formerly outspoken support of conversion therapy.
As Pence told his audience on Last Week Tonight, “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.”
But if this Instinct writer may take a moment with you all to look at the whole picture, it would be remise of us all not to acknowledge that John Oliver is also mocking Pence’s daughter in this act.
As we soon learned, Oliver’s parody book is outselling the original, and that directly mocks the good intentions of Charlotte Pence. Of course, you could also argue that Charlotte Pence directly benefits from the deeds of her father and has not openly protested them, so its fair play in a way.
But, it looks like neither of those points matter as Charlotte Pence has now come out to say that she loves John Oliver’s parody of her book.
“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. It doesn’t have to be divisive. I think that everybody can come together over Marlon.”
It seems that proceeds from Charlotte Pence’s book will go towards Tracy’s Kids, a charity that provides young cancer patients with art therapy. Meanwhile, Oliver’s book will give its proceeds to AIDS United and the Trevor Project.
“I also want to support those charities – I really mean that,” Charlotte Pence added.
So, it seems that when all the laughing is said and done, Charlotte Pence was the most mature out of the group. And, some great organizations will be better off.