×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Parks and Recreation’ Team Rips Into NRA for Using Amy Poehler GIF

The NRA thanked the spokeswoman who repped the gun-lobbying org at CNN’s town hall Wednesday about the Florida high-school massacre by tweeting a GIF of Amy Poehler’s character from NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation” saying “Thank you.”

But the team behind the popular show, in no uncertain terms, told the NRA it was way out of bounds.

On Twitter, Michael Schur, creator of “Parks and Rec” and an outspoken proponent of gun control, tweeted a request to the NRA to remove the image. “Hi, please take this down,” he tweeted Wednesday. “I would prefer you not use a GIF from a show I worked on to promote your pro-slaughter agenda.”

Schur 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 f— off?'” Schur’s post had more than 50,000 retweets and 188,000 likes within nine hours.

Dana Loesch, a conservative commentator and NRA spokeswoman, deflected questions from the Parkland high-school students at the event about whether the government should make it harder to obtain semiautomatic weapons.

CNN organized the town hall after last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 students and staff members dead. It was designed to be a forum for students, families and community members to query politicians about their plans for policies to reduce the risk of extraordinary gun violence.

Nick Offerman, who played Ron Swanson on “Parks and Rec,” also laid into the NRA and Loesch. The actor-comedian tweeted at them: “@NRA @DLoesch our good-hearted show and especially our Leslie Knope represent the opposite of your pro-slaughter agenda – take it down and also please eat s—.” He ended his post with an emoji of the U.S. flag.

Parks and Recreation” aired for seven seasons on NBC from 2009-15. The cast, led by Poehler, included Offerman, Rashida Jones, Paul Schneider, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza and Chris Pratt.

As of Thursday morning, the NRA’s tweet with the Poehler GIF remained up (with about 1,100 retweets):

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • Sinclair

    Sinclair Closes Purchase of Fox Regional Sports Networks From Disney

    Sinclair Broadcast Group and the Walt Disney Company have closed their $9.6 billion deal for Sinclair to buy 21 Fox Regional Sports Networks and Fox College Sports. The deal was announced in May after Disney bought the networks as part of its acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox. The portfolio, which excludes the YES Network, is described [...]

  • Michael Shannon

    Michael Shannon to Play Jerry Buss in HBO's 'Untitled Showtime Lakers Project' Pilot

    Michael Shannon has been cast to play self-made millionaire and former Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss in HBO’s “The Untitled Showtime Lakers Project” pilot, based on the Jeff Pearlman book “Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s.” The series, which chronicles the professional and personal lives of the [...]

  • Luna Nera Netflix Italy

    Netflix Eyes More Italian Productions

    Since Netflix entered the Italian market in 2015, it’s steadily gained ground in terms of subscriptions, which are expected to reach 2 million by the end of 2019, according to independent analyst Ovum. The streaming giant recently announced a €200 million ($222 million) investment in Italian original productions over the next three years. Variety spoke [...]

  • 'Serendipity': NBC Developing Series Inspired by

    'Serendipity': NBC Developing Series Inspired by Kate Beckinsale, John Cusack Movie

    NBC has given a script commitment to a prospective series inspired by the 2001 Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack movie “Serendipity.” The project hails from Miramax Television, whose film division produced the original film, and writer Jonny Umansky. The idea for the show seems like a romantic one, here’s the logline: Harry and Claire fall [...]

  • The Bachelor frontrunners

    Who's the Next 'Bachelor'? Here Are Season 24's Three Frontrunners (EXCLUSIVE)

    When last season of “The Bachelorette” wrapped up, many viewers would have guessed the next “Bachelor” would be runner-up Tyler Cameron. But oh, how things change in a month’s time. Cameron, the runner-up in Hannah Brown’s season, who stopped by “The Bachelorette” finale’s live after show to quickly reconcile with Brown and discuss meeting for [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content