AceShowbiz - The National Rifle Association received backlash after using a GIF from "Parks and Recreation" in a pro-gun tweet. The criticism comes from the cast and crew of the NBC series who aren't afraid to show their displeasure of the organization using a meme from their show.
In a post of support to its spokesperson Dana Loesch, the NRA used a GIF of Amy Poehler's character Leslie Knope, the politically minded go-getter, who is seen giving an approving "thank you." Loesch previously faced heavy opposition and was booed while expressing her support to the victims of last week's mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school that claimed 17 people's lives.
Series creator Michael Schur was the first one to slam 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," he wrote on his Twitter account.
Schur also relayed a message from Poehler, who doesn't have a Twitter account, to the organization. "Also, Amy isn't on twitter, but she texted me a message: 'Can you tweet to the NRA for me and tell them I said f**k 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.
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— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) February 22, 2018
Another cast member Nick Offerman also joined Schur and Poehler in blasting the NRA. "@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**t," the stiff libertarian Ron Swanson depicter told them.
Adam Scott, meanwhile, simply asked the NRA to "please stay the f**k away from Leslie Knope."
The backlash comes in the wake of deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last Wednesday. The shooter, which was identified as Nikolas Cruz, used an AR-15 assault rifle during the massacre.