Memes and GIFS were created to capture pop culture moments as an alternative and usually fun way of communicating emotions online and on smartphones.
It's a different story, however, when memes are used for serious issues.
Poehler Vs. NRA
Actress Amy Poehler is not happy with the National Rifle Association. The nonprofit organization that champions gun owners posted a significant tweet with her face on it.
The tweet was a GIF that featured Poehler's beloved character, Leslie Knope, from the popular NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. NRA posted it to thank radio host Dana Loesch, who is their official spokesperson, for being an advocate for the organization. Loesch represented the NRA in CNN's Town Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 21, where Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students, teachers, and parents gathered to talk about gun control.
"@DLoesch thank you for being the voice of over 5 Million #NRA members," the organization's social media team tweeted.
According to CNN, Michael Schur, one of the sitcom's creators, tweeted out to the NRA when he found out that they used the video from their show. Also, he also gave the guns' rights organization a message from their iconic star.
"Hi, please take this down. I would prefer you not to 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 f-off,'" tweeted Schur.
A Mini 'Parks And Recreation' Reunion
Schur and Poehler were not the only Parks and Recreation cast and crew members to aim at the NRA. According to Rolling Stone, Ron Swanson himself, Nick Offerman's character in the show, took to Twitter and vented his frustration at the nonprofit organization.
"@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---," wrote Offerman.
Aubrey Plaza followed Offerman's comment with a GIF of her character, April Ludgate, with a meme of her using her signature catchphrase: "Burn." Finally, Adam Scott, who portrayed Ben Wyatt, Leslie Knope's love interest and eventual husband, also chimed in the debate.
"Hey @nra please stay the f--- away from Leslie Knope," wrote Scott to his 1.47 million followers.
Keeping Up With The 'Parks And Recreation' Crew
While the social media face-off with the NRA might be the first cast reunion that happened online, the Parks and Recreation crew have been at different events throughout the past few months.
Plaza reunited with Poehler and fellow co-stars Rashida Jones and Kathryn Hahn to celebrate the show's Galentine's Day on Instagram on Feb. 13. Poehler was also a presenter at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, where Aziz Ansari won the Golden Globe for Best Actor-Television Series Musical or Comedy for Master of None.
Enstars reached out to the National Rifle Association for a comment.