The cast and crew of NBC's hit show "Parks and Rec" castigated the National Rifle Association on social media after the group used a clip from the show to praise its spokeswoman on Wednesday.
The NRA tweeted a GIF of Leslie Knope, the main character from "Parks and Rec" played by Amy Poehler, saying "thank you" to Dana Loesch, an NRA spokeswoman, after she appeared on a CNN town hall to defend gun rights in the wake of last week's tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
— NRA (@NRA) February 22, 2018
The NRA's use of the gif drew derision from the show's actors and writers.
Nick Offerman—who plays Ron Swanson, a vocal libertarian on the show—criticized the NRA for using a "good-hearted show" to promote a "pro-slaughter agenda."
— Nick Offerman (@Nick_Offerman) February 22, 2018
Michael Schur, a writer and producer on the show, asked the NRA to take down the GIF and echoed Offerman's "pro-slaughter" comment. Schur also shared the feelings of Poehler, who is not on Twitter.
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 actor from the show, Adam Scott, also lambasted the NRA, telling the organization to stay "away from Leslie Knope."
— Adam Scott (@mradamscott) February 22, 2018