“Parks and Recreation” co-creator Michael Schur and star Amy Poehler have taken the National Rifle Association to task for appropriating the sitcom’s lead character in a tweeted meme.
After the NRA tweeted to commend its spokeswoman, Dana Loesch, on Wednesday, using a GIF of Poehler’s Leslie Knope pointing at someone and saying, “Thank you,” Schur directed his own tweet at the organization. “Hi, please take this down,” he wrote. “I would prefer you not use a GIF from a show I worked on to promote your pro-slaughter agenda.”
The comedy producer, who tweets under the fanciful name Ken Tremendous, added, “Also, Amy isn’t on twitter, but she texted me a message: ‘Can you tweet the NRA for me and tell them I said [expletive] off?’ ”
Emmy Award-nominated “Fargo” star Allison Tolman, 36, supported Schur’s tweet with a tongue-in-cheek response: “Gross. They should be using gifs of their own modern comedic feminist icons.”
“Parks and Recreation” actor Nick Offerman, 47, had his own take on the NRA post with the following tweet to the organization and Loesch, “Our good-hearted show and especially our Leslie Knope represent the opposite of your pro-slaughter agenda.” He then told the NRA to take down the meme. As of press time, the meme had not been taken down.
“Parks and Recreation” ran on NBC from 2009-2015, earning two Emmy Award nominations for outstanding comedy series. Schur went on to co-create Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and create NBC’s “The Good Place.”