'Parks and Recreation' cast members clap back at NRA for using a Leslie Knope GIF on Twitter

Posted at 10:36 AM, Feb 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-22 10:36:37-05

"Parks and Recreation" has been off the air for nearly four years, but that didn't stop the show from becoming a political lightning rod on Wednesday evening.

The show's creator and some cast members were appalled that the National Rifle Association used a GIF of Leslie Knope, the show's main character, in a tweet thanking spokeswoman Dana Loesch for defending gun rights at a CNN Town Hall on Wednesday

".@DLoesch thank you for being the voice of over 5 Million #NRA members," the tweet read alongside a GIF of Amy Poehler's character saying "thank you."



Less than an hour later, show creator Michael Schur responded.

"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," Schur tweeted (Schur goes by the moniker "Ken Tremendous" on Twitter). 

Schur also provided a statement from Poehler, who isn't on Twitter.

"Can you tweet the NRA for me and tell them I said **** off?" Schur's tweet read.

Nick Offerman, who played gun-loving Libertarian Ron Swanson on "Parks and Rec," also went off on 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 ****. 🇺🇸" Offerman tweeted.

Finally, Adam Scott — who played Ben Wyatt, Leslie Knope's husband on the show — tweeted "Hey @nra please stay the **** away from Leslie Knope. "

The NRA's tweet remained live as of Thursday morning. 

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.