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Parks and Recreation's Leslie Knope has written a letter to America addressing Donald Trump's victory

'Our president-elect is everything you should abhor and fear in a male role model'

Jacob Stolworthy
Friday 11 November 2016 16:52
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Knope - who, in the sitcom, is famously inspired by Trump's former opponent Hillary Clinton - has gone one better: she's written a lengthy open letter, the opening paragraph of which explains her intentions.

"Dear America," she writes. "Amidst the confusion, and despair, and disbelief, it was suggested to me by a very close friend of mine (I won’t say her name to protect her identity) (Ann. It was Ann) that perhaps a few people would enjoy hearing my thoughts on this election. So I sat down at my computer, cleared my head, and opened a document."

She goes on to recount a witty tale from fourth grade involving a teacher named Mrs. Kolphner

Following a witty anecdote from her fourth grade regarding a teacher named, Knope - like many other renowned figures across America - states she is not accepting Trump as President.

These were the last six people in the US to find out Donald Trump is president, watch their reaction

She writes: "No. I do not accept it.

"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."

Being the kind-natured character that she is (with thanks to Poehler and writers Michael Schur and Greg Daniels), Knope goes on to offer some sage advice to the future generation of young girls.

"And let me say something to the young girls who are reading this. Hi, girls. 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 or trying to physically grab you like a toy his daddy got him (or would have, if his daddy had loved him). (Sorry, that was a low blow.) (Actually, not sorry, I’m pissed, and I’m on a roll, so zip it, superego!)


"Our president-elect is everything you should abhor and fear in a male role model. He has spent his life telling you, and girls and women like you, that your lives are valueless except as sexual objects. He has demeaned you, and belittled you, and put you in a little box to be looked at and not heard. It is your job, and the job of girls and women like you, to bust out.

"You are going to run this country, and this world, very soon. So you will not listen to this man, or the 75-year-old, doughy-faced, gray-haired nightmare men like him, when they try to tell you where to stand or how to behave or what you can and cannot do with your own bodies, or what you should or should not think with your own minds. You will not be cowed or discouraged by his stream of retrogressive babble. You won’t have time to be cowed, because you will be too busy working and learning and communing with other girls and women like you. And when the time comes, you will effortlessly flick away his miserable, petty, misogynistic worldview like a fly on your picnic potato salad."

Whew. She caps off by saying: "He is the present, sadly, but he is not the future. You are the future. Your strength is a million times his. Your power is a billion times his. We will acknowledge this result, but we will not accept it. We will overcome it, and we will defeat it."

You can read the letter in its entirety on Vox.

Knope - a cult figure among television audiences - appeared in all seasons of popular sitcom Parks and Recreation which culminated with its seventh run in 2015. Poehler starred in the show alongside Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari, Rob Lowe, Nick Offerman and Rashida Jones who recently co-wrote an episode of dystopian anthology series Black Mirror.

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