Conservative group Focus on the Family has hit back against comedian and late night host John Oliver over a children’s book written by Vice President Mike Pence’s daughter, calling his mocking of the effort “vicious, vulgar, and vile.”
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“Social media is abuzz today concerning HBO’s John Oliver’s Sunday night attack on Vice President Mike Pence and Focus on the Family. The ‘satirical’ late-night talk show host’s screed was not just vicious in tone, but also vulgar and vile in every sense of the word and way,” wrote Jim Daly, Focus on the Family’s president, on Monday.
“Over the years, late-night television has devolved into a breeding ground for cynical, skeptical, bitter and so-called ‘humor’ that cuts people, attempting to both marginalize and tear down individuals and institutions with whom both hosts and often guests disagree,” he added.
The controversy stems from a book released by Pence’s daughter, Charlotte, titled Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President, with the title character being the family’s beloved pet rabbit.
The children’s book, which was illustrated by Pence’s wife, Karen, is not political in nature, but was lampooned by Oliver on “Last Week Tonight” due to Pence’s conservative stances on issues like abortion and gay marriage.
Focus on the Family, and the group’s decision to have Pence speak at their past events, was criticized by Oliver over what the comedian says is conservative support for conversion therapy. Focus on the Family has said that it offers support to LGBT people seeking to change their sexual orientation.
On Sunday night, the comedian released a spoof version of the children’s book titled Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, depicting a story of Pence, portrayed as a stink bug, attempting to stop two gay bunnies from getting married to each other.
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