I am lucky to be growing up in a time when female comics are dominating. Kristen Wiig, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, these names only begin the list. Tiny Fey represents for real awesome women everywhere as her character Liz Lemon on 30 Rock. She enacts equality through her guileless portrayal of a lovable, flawed, modern woman. She has brought me to tears and to my feet, as much as her peer Kristen Wiig, one of the greatest impressionists of our time. From Paula Dean to Lana del Ray, she is unmatched. I salute her for this talent alone, but would be remiss without mentioning her talent for becoming original characters as well. She is such a babe. But Amy Poehler, she holds a soft spot in my heart, because she radiates love. Absolutely radiates it. Her genuine love of life and her ability to articulate her singular voice that represents so many of us, even in today’s media circus, is a power she wields with grace. When she and Seth Myers called out the congressional hearing members for not inviting any women on Saturday Night Live Weekend Update’s segment entitled “Really?!?” (hosted by fellow vixen comedienne Maya Rudolph, who also dominates impressions and exudes loving warmth) they slayed those old bastards for being so insensitive to the times and she became my personal hero when she finally shouted into the camera, on live TV, as a powerful woman representing all of us, “DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!!!” Fuck yeah Amy. You are amazing. When I heard of that congressional hearing on the news, all of the things Seth and Amy said were running through my head, so I am glad they were also said on live TV. Furthermore, and what brings me to the conclusion of this short treatise, Amy Poehler brought me to tears tonight when I settled down with a glass of wine after a hard day’s work, and watched the last episode of ‘Parks and Recreation’ starring the aforementioned. The episode is entitled, “The Debate.” In real life, I look to election seasons as many look to sport seasons. I follow my team til the end, cheering their victories and booing the opponents. On the television show, Amy plays a character names Leslie Knope, a local government official who is, in a word, earnest. She is adorable, in the true sense of the word. In her fictional debate on this episode, she shared these words, and I found them so inspiring that I have written this tirade and wanted to share them with the four people that read this. (Whom I love.)
“I am very angry. I am angry, that Bobby Newport, would hold this town hostage, and threaten to leave, if you don’t give him what he wants. It’s despicable. Corporations are not allowed to dictate what a city needs. That power belongs to the people. Bobby Newport and his daddy would like you to think it belongs to them. I love this town, and when you love something, you don’t threaten it, you don’t punish it; you fight for it, you take care of it, you put it first. As your city counselor, I will make sure no one takes advantage of Pawnee. If I seem too passionate, it’s because I care. If I come on strong, it is because I feel strongly. And if I push too hard, it is because things aren’t moving fast enough. This is my home. You are my family. And I promise you, I’m not going anywhere.”
I feel this way about you, America. About every single one of us.