The cast and creator of Parks and Recreation slammed the National Rifle Association after the gun lobby used a GIF of the show's protagonist, Leslie Knope, to thank its spokeswoman following a televised town hall on gun control.
CNN hosted the meeting Wednesday night, one week after a gunman used an AR-15 to kill 17 students and teachers at a high school in Parkland, Florida. The town hall included survivors of the massacre and their parents speaking with NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch and Florida Senator Marco Rubio about their pro-gun positions.
Following the event, the NRA tweeted at Loesch from its official account, "Thank you for being the voice of over 5 million #NRA members." Accompanying the message was a GIF of Leslie Knope pointing and saying, "Thank you."
Within an hour, Parks and Recreation creator Mike Schur responded to the NRA, writing, "Hi, please take this down. I would prefer you not to use a GIF from a show I worked on to promote your pro-slaughter agenda." He also spoke on behalf of Amy Poehler – who portrayed Knope – writing, "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?'"
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 cast members quickly followed suit. Adam Scott, who played Ben Wyatt, tweeted, "Hey @nra please stay the fuck away from Leslie Knope." And Nick Offerman, who played lovable libertarian Ron Swanson, told the NRA and Loesch, "Our good-hearted show and especially our Leslie Knope represent the opposite of your pro-slaughter agenda – take it down and also please eat shit." Aubrey Plaza then piggy-backed off Offerman's tweet, sharing a GIF of her own character, April Ludgate, quipping, "Burn."
The NRA has yet to respond to the criticism from the Parks and Rec crew or take down their original tweet.
Leaders of the NRA offered a defense for gun rights during the Conservative Political Action Conference. Watch below.