Charlotte Pence Sweetly Trolls John Oliver’s Gay Bunny Book. [VIDEO]

Charlotte Pence Sweetly Trolls John Oliver’s Gay Bunny Book. [VIDEO]

Charlotte Pence Sweetly Trolls John Oliver’s Gay Bunny Book. [VIDEO]

Pet bunnies are cute, fluffy, and innocent, right? They’re just the perfect little floofs for sweet children’s books, especially at Easter and the start of spring.

Unless Vice President Pence’s wife and daughter wrote a book about bunnies. Then that book becomes fodder for snarky comics like John Oliver.

Earlier this week, a book written by Pence’s daughter Charlotte and illustrated by wife Karen hit the market. Entitled Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President, the book focused on the Pence pet rabbit, ‘Marlon Bundo.’ And since Marlon has his own Instagram account, it seemed an ideal way to introduce children to the role of the Vice Presidency.

Well, you’d think. But then John Oliver just had to make mockery of it. You know, because VP Mike Pence is homophobic or something, Oliver just had to make political hay out of this innocent little book.

So Oliver penned his own tale about Marlon Bundo, but in his story the little bunny is gay. Of course.

Oliver called it A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.


Har, har, har! So original and edgy!

So childish.

Even a gay writer at Slate found Oliver’s book to be “lame.”

What about this children’s book makes it ripe for a gay parody? There’s nothing about Marlon Bundo, except perhaps the name, to suggest any sort of queering. Why is the rabbit gay, exactly? . . . No, the primary reason is because gay stuff is the way we troll Mike Pence now. It’s predictable, it’s lazy, and the joke is starting to sour.

Well, at least someone on the Left gets it. Meanwhile, TIME is gleefully rubbing its hands in reporting how Oliver’s book is outselling the Pence book. Ha, ha — take that, Mike Pence, you homophobe!

But you know who responded with class to this stupid bunny book kerfuffle? Charlotte Pence, the author. Because both books contribute to charities, not only does she support Oliver’s sophomoric smear, she even bought her own copy:

“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.”

Here’s how Charlotte, accompanied by Second Lady Karen Pence, explained it at Fox Business Channel:

I have a grandson who is five years old. He’s just finishing kindergarten and will be entering first grade in the fall, which is the recommended propaganda target age range for Oliver’s gay bunny book. The little guy is very bright (if I may say so), so how would he react to a gay bunny character?

Meh. First of all, he’s not really into cute animals — science and math are more his jam, along with Star Wars and Legos. But at nearly six years old, he knows nothing about social justice or gay rights. Furthermore, he wouldn’t even understand the sexuality behind it all. And why should he? It’s ridiculous.

However, what he is learning at home and at his Montessori school is how to be kind to others, even if you don’t agree with them. He’ll be entering a Catholic school in the fall, and will continue to learn Christian kindness.

Maybe John Oliver should learn those lessons, too.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!


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