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Amy Poehler and Michael Schur politely request the NRA fuck off from posting any more Parks & Rec GIFs

Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images
Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images

Artists can’t always control who likes or enjoys their work. But that doesn’t mean they have to just sit back and let people who they politically abhor co-opt their beloved characters and universes willy-nilly, either, something Parks And Recreation and The Good Place creator Michael Schur made abundantly clear tonight in a tweet directed at the National Rifle Association.

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The NRA pissed Schur off in a pretty simple way: sending a message of support to one of its spokespeople, Dana Loesch, tonight, in the form of a GIF of Schur’s co-creation, heroic government idealist Leslie Knope. (Loesch presumably needed the perk-up, after appearing at a CNN town hall meeting where she was grilled by Parkland school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez.) The sight of Leslie offering a heartfelt word of thanks to Loesch, one of the loudest voices in the NRA’s arsenal, was apparently a bit much for the vocally liberal Schur, who politely asked the group to take the tweet down.

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He wasn’t just speaking for himself, though; Schur also had a message from Leslie herself, Amy Poehler, who was slightly less civil in her remarks:

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So far, the NRA has yet to accede to either Schur (or Poehler’s) request.

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