As the survivors of last week's school shooting in Parkland, FL, staged school walkouts and flocked to their state capitol to demand changes to gun laws, the NRA has doubled down on its defence of the Second Amendment. NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch represented the pro-gun organization at CNN's town hall on gun violence last night (February 21), earning the praise of her group on social media.
Following her appearance, the official NRA Twitter account shared a GIF of Amy Poehler's politically left-leaning character from Parks and Rec, Leslie Knope, exclaiming: "Thank you."
The show's co-creator Michael Schur has taken to Twitter to ask the NRA to take down the GIF and refrain from using his work to "promote your pro-slaughter agenda."
Poehler herself isn't on Twitter, but Schur added that she had sent him a text, asking him to pass along a "fuck off" to the NRA.
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
Other Parks and Rec stars have since jumped in to join the backlash against the NRA. Nick Offerman told the NRA to "please eat shit," while Adam Scott suggested they "stay the fuck away from Leslie Knope."
Fans of Parks and Rec have also jumped in to show their disapproval of the NRA's use of the GIF. See some of those reactions below.
Leslie Knope's reaction to seeing you use her picture. pic.twitter.com/qW1XeDM2JN— Chloe (@chenning81) February 22, 2018
Dana Loesch: pic.twitter.com/0R4mY6Wjx1— Jonathan Adams (@JonathanAdams) February 22, 2018
This is also Leslie Knope: pic.twitter.com/l61cQ0usHr— Christian La Mont (@OfficialCLM) February 22, 2018
Do you knuckle-draggers realise that the character in this GIF, Leslie Knope, is a social democrat who idolises Joe Biden and Hilary Clinton and that Amy Poehler thinks you guys should fuck off? Shot yourselves in the foot there didn't yah? Which is ironic. https://t.co/74pgl81T97— Jono "all we want is the Nazis gone" Caddy (@JonoCaddy) February 22, 2018