Fans are calling for the cancellation of Amy Poehler's new Hulu series Difficult People after an offensive joke was made about Beyoncé's 3-year-old daughter.
"I can't wait for Blue Ivy to be 18-year-old so R Kelly can piss on her," is the joke currently under fire. Julie Klausner, who plays Julie Kessler in the series, made the joke and received subtle criticism from her co-star and an anonymous online troll who suggested that she should kill herself.
Blue Ivy is the 3-year-old daughter of Beyoncé and her husband Jay Z.
In 2002, R Kelly was accused of having sex with and urinating on an underage girl, but was found not guilty in 2008.
Klausner recently told Entertainment Weekly that Poehler was heavily involved with each and every script used on the series.
"Amy could not have been more hands-on. She did not only give notes on every script, she gave notes on every draft of every outline. She weighed in on casting videos, cast roles. She weighed in on production matters," she said.
"She came up with the title. She would give notes on every single edit, not only of the shows but of the promos, the trailers. She would be involved in every stage of the process in a way that she would go above and beyond."
Fans took to Twitter to express their disgust with the joke.
A joke about R. Kelly assaulting Blue Ivy is not a joke targeting him. It's making light of what he did and punching down at his victims— jamilah (@JamilahLemieux) August 17, 2015
"Is Blue Ivy old enough for R. Kelly?" @smrtgrls, how do you have a site dedicated to girls, and OK that line?— Cynthia F. (@cynfinite) August 17, 2015
Amy Poehler would've never let this joke fly about a three year old White girl. NEVER— Miss Ann Dri (@OHTheMaryD) August 17, 2015
Amy Poelher thinks its funny to produce a show speculating the molestation and rape of a minor how sick! As a mother you should be ashamed!— Kate (@Mrsthirdwrd) August 17, 2015
I really love Amy Poehler. Like truly with my whole Grinch heart, but that joke she ok'd for her show about Blue Ivy is just tasteless— Nola Darling (@WESTCOASTSUMA) August 17, 2015
That said, Blue Ivy is not fodder for your bullshit. She is a tiny toddler what the fuck Amy Poehler.— QueenOfBrassKnuckles (@MarinaTronin) August 17, 2015
Poehler is also a co-founder of Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, an online community that seeks to empower young women through "volunteerism," "activism" and "culture."
"Funny, focused, and powerful, Smart Girls seeks to help future women channel their intelligence, imagination, and curiosity into a drive to be their weird and wonderful selves," says the group's website.
Representatives for Poehler, Klausner and Amy Poehler's Smart Girls had not responded to The Independent's request for comment by press time.