Oh Amy Poehler.There was once a time where I thought you were an ally in sisterhood. You have an organization aimed at helping and empowering young girls. Your character Leslie Knope in Parks and Recreation was a dedicated feminist who didn’t take no for an answer. But your true blonde haired, blue-eyed colors were revealed when your new show, Difficult People had to make a joke about Blue Ivy being sexually assaulted by R. Kelly. Almost two days later, I’m still waiting for the punch line.
For someone who runs an organization empowering young women, a joke about a child being assaulted seems a bit regressive. Perhaps I skipped the part in the feminist handbook where it’s encouraged to make fun of young daughters being assaulted. Then again, your movies and shows have always included a few diverse characters. Enough to make sure that no one questions you being racist. Amy Poehler maybe you’re a feminist but you don’t support Black women or anyone else outside your color spectrum.
I’m not surprised. You and your bestie Tina Fey are the squad goals for women who are looking for a way to break into the misogynist Hollywood. However, your bestie is also the creator of the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Fey’s new show, which is streaming on Netflix is the type of comedy that relies on racial jokes and stereotypes to make quiet moments funny. Some critics of the show say that the racist jokes in the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt add edge and are a part of the show’s comedy. I’m sure the same logic went into the slew of racist jokes that were in Trainwreck.
In the words of Mean Girls, Poehler and Fey are screaming to people of color, “you can’t sit with us.” I don’t plan on popping in blue eye contacts and dying my Afro blonde any time soon. I don’t want to sit with someone where people outside your spectrum for inclusivity are the butt of every joke. It’s okay to make jokes about children as long as they are Black. Let someone make a joke about Gwyneth Paltrow’s children, the media will cry tears of outrage.
Poehler while hiding behind a white veil of feminism, you’ve showed your true colors. We have to stop relying on individuals to express the need for diversity in media. A lot Hollywood’s “it” girls for feminism are wolves in sheep’s clothing who only want to support those who look like their pack.