John Oliver’s Gay Bunnies Book Among Most Challenged Titles of 2018

Banning books isn’t uncommon. Whether it be because of violent material, political agendas or explicit sexual content, people will always find a reason to ban a book. But what if one of those books was about gay bunnies.


Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Presents A Day In The Life Of Marlon Bundo is a children’s book about the titular bunny, the pet of Vice President Mike Pence, and his LGBT relationship with another bunny named Wesley. The book is a parody of Marlon Bundo’s A Day In The Life Of The Vice President, written by Pence’s daughter Charlotte, about the same bunny. The LGBT themes are meant as a swipe towards the Vice President’s stance against same-sex marriage.


Marlon Bundo covers
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Both books sold well and the proceeds for each went to different charities, but some weren’t so happy with Oliver’s book.

The American Library Association released a list of the eleven most challenged books of 2018, and John Oliver’s parody book landed on the number 2 spot on the list. The description reads: “banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ content, and for political and religious viewpoints”.

The ALA defines a “challenged” book as one that has been the subject of a formal complaint by a library or a school due to content that is deemed inappropriate for younger readers. Other books that made the list include Thirteen Reasons Why, The Hate U Give and surprisingly Captain Underpants.


Do you think John Oliver’s book should be on the list?



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