Wednesday, November 25, 2009

"Bitches be crazy"


One thing I love about Leslie Knope, Amy Poehler's character on "Parks and Recreation," is her feminist side. She's the lead character on a TV comedy and she is obviously a feminist. It's fantastic. Bitch sums it up well (I wish the Hulu clip were still working, but if you can track this episode down somewhere, I highly recommend it):
This episode, "Beauty Pageant," was chocked full of awesome feminism, and in a way that was never preachy and did nothing to take away from the comedy (which should not be surprising, but there are a lot of haters out there who still think that feminism just isn't funny). For example, Knope created a special scorecard for the beauty pageant that included categories like "Knowledge of Herstory" and "Naomi Wolf Factor." Amazing. Also, when a local police officer asked her on a date, Leslie Knope hesitated because he was unable to recognize that the framed photo in her office was of Madeleine Albright. (He redeemed himself by studying up on women in government – how's that for romance?)And that's just a couple examples.

(Minor spoiler alert) In this clip, Leslie has just taken the fall for someone accidentally shooting a coworker on a hunting trip. She's trying to explain to the officer what happened that resulted in her "shooting" the person:


The show can only really pull off this kind of scene because Leslie is so established as feminist. And Amy Poehler is just perfect in it. Amazing.

Are you a fan of the show? I know it wasn't all that great last season (in the six episodes that aired, which is hardly a "season"), but this year it's become one of my favorite shows. A must-watch on my DVR. If you're not familiar with it, I suggest checking out this article, "Parks and Recreation: Amy Poehler's 10 favorite moments (and one of mine)," and this one, "Seven reasons you should be watching 'Parks and Recreation.'" Or, you know, just watch the show. :)

2 comments:

Criss L. Cox said...

I loved that speech in the hunting episode. Pohler did a great job of letting the audience know Leslie was intentionally using the stereotypes the ranger wanted to hear, so that he'd buy her story, and in doing so she ridiculed each and every one of them. :)

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