Call it what you will -- we like to think of it as a case of No Effs Given-Itis -- but Amy Poehler has been on a roll with the last season of "Parks and Recreation." The ever-lovable sitcom about the trials and tribulations of workers in small town government is midway through its farewell season, and now that the pressure is off, Poehler has been free to make strong statements, including in last night's episode, when she literally spoke the line, "you're ridiculous, and men's rights is nothing."
The episode, "Pie-Mary," finds Leslie in hot water after she declines to participate in a pie-baking contest against other candidates' wives. When she tries to satisfy her feminist leanings by letting Ben compete (making a "dessert calzone" and wearing a custom apron to match, of course), men's rights activists attack her.
"Behind every successful woman is a man that she has oppressed!" one of the activists shouts after Ben explains why he's participating in the contest.
The real treat, however, is Leslie's takedown of the group during a press conference designed for her to apologize for the pie debacle.
She also threw in a little monologue that women in the public eye would do well to memorize. It closely mirrors Poehler's real-life "Ask Her More" campaign, a hashtag she kicked off on her Smart Girls group Twitter page pleading with the media to ask actresses about more than just their outfits or their bodies. Leslie's speech is just too good for us not to include the whole thing here.
Third, I'm now going to give you permanent answers to all the silly questions that you're going to end up asking me and every other woman in this election in the next few months. Why did I change my hairstyle? I don't know, I just thought it would look better or my kids got gum in it. Are you trying to have it all? That question makes no sense, it's a stupid question, stop asking it, don't ask it. Do you miss your kids while you're at work? Of course I do! Everybody does. And then, you know, sometimes I don't.
And, of course, there's nothing like a big finish. Can someone try and work up a design so we can get this tattooed on our forearms to reference every time we're feeling doubt in our lives?
If you want to bake a pie, that's great, if you want to have a career, that's great too. Do both or neither, doesn't matter, just don't judge what someone else has decided to do. We're all just trying to find the right path for us as individuals on this earth.
Bye, haters. "Parks and Rec" and Amy Poehler have no time for you.