Emma Gonzalez's Message to Michelle Obama Is How to Use a Leslie Knope Meme Properly
The National Rifle Association of America received a very clear message from actress Amy Poehler this week: “F— off.”
Following a town hall meeting where students and the parents of victims of the recent Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting met with Florida lawmakers to discuss gun control on Wednesday, the organization shared a pro-gun Twitter message in support of spokesperson Dana Loesch.
In the tweet, the NRA used a GIF of Amy Poehler’s Parks and Recreation character Leslie Knope to thank Loesch.
A few hours later, the show’s co-creator Michael Schur quickly came to the defense of the show and character. “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,” he wrote. The kicker is that he corresponded with a message from Poehler herself, who was not having it.
He 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?’”
While many of course lashed out at Schur, he did receive plenty of support.
It was the message of an activist, however, that stood above them all.
Emma Gonzalez , a survivor of the Stoneman school shooting who has also been an active supporter and vocalist for gun control since the incident, replied to a tweet from former First Lady Michelle Obama with what we can only describe as the ultimate mic drop.
“I’m in total awe of the extraordinary students in Florida,” Obama wrote, praising those begging for change. “Like every movement for progress in our history, gun reform will take unyielding courage and endurance. But @barackobama and I believe in you, we’re proud of you, and we’re behind you every step of the way.”
To that, Gonzalez replied with—what else?—a Leslie Knope GIF:
In the GIF case of the NRA vs. González, she wins.