I really love the Andy/April storyline in Parks & Rec.
I love how her old “gay boyfriend” and his boyfriend were, like, the stereotypical disinterested, “ironic hipster” types and Andy is nothing but pure positivity and enthusiasm. They set April up with this kind of struggle between continuing to not care about anything or embracing the side of her that wants not be judgmental and have fun. And I love that she picks that part! And that they get married spontaneously and it totally works. It was just really well written. And it is consistent with a theme of the show that is mainly demonstrated in Leslie Knope but also appears in Chris vs. Ben and other areas of embracing caring, optimism, and passion instead of being “cool” or uninvolved.
"In the fictional town of Pawnee, there’s a group for girls called the Pawnee Goddesses. They took up a lot of the episode, and their normalcy was fascinating. There were no crazy girl-on-girl competitions or mean girl antics. Their faces weren’t caked in makeup, their conversation wasn’t focused on the bunk of boys next door. They were too busy receiving badges for best penguin blog or cooking homemade Korean food for their bunk over a campfire before an epic pillow fight. And when they weren’t busy making s’mores, they were busy making their voices heard. When their chaperone/ group leader Leslie Knope turns away a boy who wants to defect from the Rangers (the original, all-boy version of the Pawnee Goddesses) and become a Goddess, the girls insist on a public forum where they talk about Brown v. The Board of Education, educating the genders separately, and the merits of candy. In the end, the boys are allowed to join the Pawnee Goddesses. And when a new group comes to town that’s all about wilderness training and survival, you better believe a couple of those Goddesses join Pawnee’s “most hardcore wilderness group,” for boys and girls who “march to the beat of their own drum, and made the drum themselves.”
This episode revealed some revolutionary concepts in the backwards world of girls on television: Girls can fish and play in the woods, and girls can throw a puppy party and a s’more competition. They can be smart and silly, tough and sensitive. They can be a Goddess and a Ranger. And boys can too—one of the best parts of this episode was that the boys weren’t afraid to join a group of Goddesses if it meant they could eat candy and hug puppies and hang out with their new friends. There was no flirting or rampant cooties, just kids having fun together."
Oh lord, let’s not start reblogging some big chain where we talk about how much we suck…
Come on, you guys…
Can we start talking about how awesome we are instead?
Good idea. But y’all better join in. Um, I’m awesome because…I’m always the one of my friends to make plans. If it weren’t for me we’d never see each other ever again.
"It’s a hot load of bullsh*t that he didn’t get a nomination, and you can quote me on that."
Amy Poehler, in an interview with HitFix’s Alan Sepinwall, reacting to her Parks & Rec co-star Nick Offerman’s unconscionable Emmy nom snub. [splitsider.] (via thedailywhat)
So, the Emmy noms came out today, Bossy Girls, and we thought it was only appropriate to quote Blog Title Creator, Amy Poehler, on some of the sadly usual injustice that always stings this time of year. Thankfully, Amy and the show DID get a nod, as did the fierce and wonderful Connie Britton, who plays the unstoppable Tami Taylor, and the darling Elisabeth Moss who plays our fearless Peggy Olson.
As for behind the scenes noms I’m pleased to see three of the five nominees for Comedy Director are women (for 30 Rock, Modern Family, and HIMYM)! But as a writer I’m always sad to see how few women are represented in that area.
Anyway, you tell ‘em like it is, Amy!