Leslie Knope — the fictional character from the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation played by Amy Poehler — made it clear she was quite possibly Hillary Clinton’s most passionate supporter throughout the entirety of the show. In light of recent events, she (or, rather, the writing staff from the now-off-air show) has offered her thoughts on the stunning election outcome in a personal letter she wrote for Vox.
“Dear America,” she begins, before recounting how she reacted upon hearing the news: “I had some hot chocolate, and my close friend (Ann) rubbed my back for a while, and I got myself together, and sat down. And started crying.” While she briefly spoke to her fictional past, she then started to address reality.
“I acknowledge that Donald Trump is the president. I understand, intellectually, that he won the election. But I do not accept that our country has descended into the hatred-swirled slop pile that he lives in. I reject out of hand the notion that we have thrown up our hands and succumbed to racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and crypto-fascism. I do not accept that. I reject that. I fight that. Today, and tomorrow, and every day until the next election, I reject and fight that story.”
She then spoke directly to young girls and women, as did Clinton in her concession speech. “And let me say something to the young girls who are reading this. Hi, girls,” Knope wrote. “On behalf of the grown-ups of America who care about you and your futures, I am awfully sorry about how miserably we screwed this up. We elected a giant farting T. rex who does not like you, or care about you, or think about you, unless he is scanning your bodies with his creepy T. rex eyes.”
She concluded on a hopeful note, though, as Knope always does. “You are going to run this country, and this world, very soon. He is the present, sadly, but he is not the future. You are the future.”
For a fictional character, Knope sure seems in touch with reality. Read the full essay here.
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