Easter has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stop loving everyone just for who they are, not what you want them to be. Originally intended as a parody book and commissioned by Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo presents a story for people of all ages to take to heart.
Former Vice-President Mike Pence and his family did have a pet bunny named Marlon Bundo that sadly passed away on Jan. 15, 2022. But five years ago, he became the center of attention when the Pence family published a children’s book about him titled Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President. And as Pence used his strict conservative Christian values to tell people who to love and how to love them, the parody book was first announced on the HBO show.
But rather than be mean-spirited in nature, it’s actually a great educational book. It tells Marlon’s story as he hops around loving and greeting all the creatures he sees, until one day he meets Wesley and the two fall in love. But there is The Stink Bug, who resembles Pence, who says that boy bunnies don’t marry other boy bunnies. He proclaims that being different is bad. But the other animals who are friends with Marlon and Wesley say they do things differently than others.
Being different is okay, they determine. They vote to expel the Stink Bug from being in charge. Marlon and Wesley get married surrounded by the other animals.
The premise is no different than any other children’s books, except this time, it takes a different approach than what some people are used to. With same-sex marriage now legal and interracial marriage being legal for almost 50 years, stories like these should become more common. People like Pence, who has shown his loyalties are to a party, rather than the people he’s supposed to serve, are more about control like The Stink Bug.
The book written by Bundo along with Jill Twiss and illustrated perfectly by E.G. Keller shows us that people don’t like things to be different because it affects their normal routine. But things are always changing, whether we like it or not. Yet same-sex marriage doesn’t really affect us if we’re heterosexual. People should be able to love whoever they want. And if boy rabbits want to marry other boy rabbits, they should.
The book, while intended a parody of the previous book, Charlotte Pence actually took it in good nature spirit. The real Marlon appeared on social media “complimenting” the illustrations of Marlon in a bow-tie. Charlotte said since the proceeds were going to the same charities they supported, it was a good thing.
However, some conservatives took great offense and it found itself on the banned book list. Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, called it “vicious in tone” and “vulgar and vile.” Regnery Publishing, who published the Pence book, initially objected but after sales were successful, they issued a comment echoing Charlotte’s that the proceeds were going to good causes.
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