In the wake of the shooting that left 17 dead and 14 injured at a high school in Parkland, Florida, the students who survived the tragedy are doing everything in their power to fight back against the leaders and politicians who refuse to pass sensible gun control laws and instead choose to promote hurtful conspiracy theories to discredit them.
One such example of was Wednesday night’s CNN Town Hall, in which students and teachers who survived the shooting, among others, had a chance to talk to people from the NRA and their state senator, Marco Rubio. It was beautiful to see for two reasons: one, the kids are not just eloquent but also fired all the way up in their fight to make sure this does not happen at another high school, and two, they dragged Rubio and the NRA like few other people can do.
While there are still people who somehow truly believe murder weapons belong in schools, there is a growing wave of people who stand with the students and against institutions like the NRA that continue to throw money at politicians to make sure their sales numbers stay healthy. Last night, Dana Loesch was at the CNN Town Hall to represent the NRA and its members, and the NRA sent out a tweet to thank her. And because whoever was in charge of the group's social media probably once read a how-to article on social media engagement, the tweet came with a GIF. Specifically, a GIF of Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation saying “thank you.”
The GIF was one step too far for Parks and Rec creator Michael Schur, who demanded the tweet be taken down because he does not support the NRA’s “pro-slaughter agenda.” He also added some kind words from Poehler, who isn’t on Twitter but still had a few things to say. “She texted me a message,” Schur wrote. “‘Can you tweet the NRA for me and tell them I said fuck off?’” Message received.
Hi, please take this down. I would prefer you not use a GIF from a show I worked on to promote your pro-slaughter agenda.— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) February 22, 2018
Also, Amy isn't on twitter, but she texted me a message: "Can you tweet the NRA for me and tell them I said fuck off?" https://t.co/YXSdzCdvdd
Nick Offerman, who also starred on the show as Ron Swanson, also expressed his disgust that “our good-hearted show and especially our Leslie Knope” were used in the NRA’s tweet, since they “represent the opposite of your pro-slaughter agenda,” echoing Schur’s phrase. “Take it down and also please eat shit,” Offerman ended his tweet, this time echoing Poehler and, to be honest, a very large portion of the country.
The tweet is still up, and no one from the NRA has responded to either Schur, Poehler, or Offerman.