Amy Poehler has called out the National Rifle Association (NRA) for using her image in a Twitter post.
NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch appeared at a CNN town hall event on Wednesday night (21Feb18) to debate gun control in the wake of the tragic Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting, in Parkland, Florida, earlier this month.
Following her interview, a NRA representative sent Loesch a thank you message via the organization’s official social media platform, alongside a GIF of Poehler as her Parks and Recreation character Leslie Knope.
But co-creator of the NBC show, Michael Schur, took offense to the post, and shared a message on his and Poehler’s behalf.
“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. “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**k off?'”
In addition, Poehler’s Parks and Recreation co-star Nick Offerman, who played Ron Swanson on the sitcom, sent a message to both the NRA and Loesch.
“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,” he wrote, adding an emoji of an American flag.
And fellow star Adam Scott, who played Ben Wyatt on the show, cut right to the chase, writing, “Hey @nra please stay the f**k away from Leslie Knope.”
As of Thursday, the NRA had not removed the message.
In her interview for CNN, Loesch stated that the shooter who killed 17 people at the Florida school shouldn’t have been able to get a gun.
“I don’t believe this insane monster should have ever been able to obtain a firearm,” she said in front of the crowd, which included Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, Representative Ted Deutch and Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, as well as members of the public. “We have to start … following up on red flags.”