John Oliver Releases Childrens Book to Highlight Mike Pence's Homophobic Views

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John Oliver took a week off from breaking down President Donald Trump's latest outrages by focusing his fire on Vice President Mike Pence and his ultra-conservative views. 

The Last Week Tonight host began by describing Pence as an "ashen weasel" which was the "opposite of whatever a silver fox is” and then ran through his public statements on issues such as abortion rights, homosexuality, same-sex marriage, gays in the military, and even women in the military all of which fell towards the more extreme end of the spectrum.

Oliver reminded the audience that Pence was the only person Trump couldn't fire and could become president by default. He joked that former White House advisor Omarosa was right when she warned fellow contestants in the Celebrity Big Brother house that “as bad as y'all think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence."

Oliver then focused on Pence's views on homosexuality in particular and his continued association with controversial groups that back gay conversion therapy like James Dobson's Focus on the Family. 

It wasn't all negative though, Oliver admitted that "objectively" the Pence's picked a great name for their pet rabbit. Marlon Bundo has become something of a celebrity since he arrived at the White House and this week saw the release of a children's book of his adventures, written by Charlotte Pence and illustrated by Karen Pence, titled Marlon Bundo's Day in the Life of the Vice President.

In an effort to blunt the potential success of Pence's book but also to highlight the vice president's extreme views, Oliver unexpectedly announced the release of his own book, available immediately on PDF, titled A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo which tells the story of a White House rabbit who falls in love with another rabbit called Wesley and how, despite the odds and bigotry, they marry. 

There is also an audio version of A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo featuring the voice talents of Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ellie Kemper, RuPaul, and John Lithgow as the ill-tempered bigoted stink bug, a thinly veiled nod to Pence himself. 

See the full Pence clip from Last Week Tonight here

This article originally appeared in THR.com.


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