It’s safe to say we’re all completely bummed with the results of the Presidential US Elections, and most of us didn’t see this coming, nor wanted to see it, but more and more celebrities are penning open letters against the elected president, and we could say that we would like the reality from Parks and Recreation, where Leslie Knope wanted to candidate for President, and the creators and writers all want it too.
Following the results of the 2016 election, Parks and Recreation creator Mike Schur announced that he’d be taking a break from Twitter, but not before leaving his followers with a powerful statement.
And he is not the only one, as a Parks and Rec writer has penned a letter in the voice of Leslie Knope (played by the amazing Amy Poehler), shared on Yahoo!, which might give fans comfort, and you should read it all, but here’s a little preview:
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. Then I started crying. So 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.
Like most people, I deal with tragedy by processing the five stages of grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. My denial over the election results was intense. My anger was (in Ron’s words) “significant.” My bargaining was short, but creative — I offered my soul and the souls of all of my friends in exchange for 60,000 more votes in Milwaukee, to any demon who cared to accept. (Tom told me it was a terrible deal, but I didn’t care, in that moment.) My depression I have already mentioned. Which brings us to Acceptance. And here’s what I stand on that:
No. I do not accept it.
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. I work hard and I form ideas and I meet and talk to other people who feel like me, and we sit down and drink hot chocolate (I have plenty) and we plan. We plan like mofos. We figure out how to fight back, and do good in this infuriating world that constantly wants to bend toward the bad. And we will be kind to each other, and supportive of each other’s ideas, and we will do literally anything but accept this as our fate.
I think we should do just that. Fight against the system with kindness, understanding and acceptance. Maybe the world would be a better place despite the President Elect.