The final season of Parks and Recreation has been disappointing and inconsistent—loving Chris Pratt is the one thing on which our divided nation can agree, but the April/Andy plots have been wearing thin for a while—but it was all worth it for Tuesday's episode. We'll remember it as the one where Leslie Knope verbally deflates a gang of Men's Rights activists with a matter-of-fact "You're ridiculous, and Men's Rights is nothing."
It's a pithy response to a gross and toxic movement, practically gift-wrapped for the internet, but it comes as a small part of a showstopping Knope speech that drives home a point Amy Poehler has been trying to make for some time now: We ask prominent women a bunch of pointless, frivolous questions that we never ask of men in the same positions.
Poehler sees it on the red carpet, and Leslie sees it in the "Pie-Mary," a primary election bake-off among candidates' wives. To fight the ridiculous double standard, Leslie lets Ben enter the contest himself (he's really into calzones), but their decision draws the ire of a Men's Rights group called the Male Men (hah), who are convinced that "behind every successful woman is a man she has oppressed" and "men have had a very rough go of it for ... just recently."
The parody of Men's Rights groups—"Can we have one conversation about feminism where men get to be in charge?" asks one of the Male Men—didn't really translate to the MRA community, though. Over at Reddit's /r/mensrights forum, responses range from earnest outrage to celebrating the attention (however negative) to (as Uproxx pointed out) unironically quoting Gandhi:
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
We're somewhere between laughing and fighting.
Or just laughing. Laughing forever. But remember, all press is good press.
"When you get attacked on mainstream shows, you're going mainstream. I bet this happened to feminists in the 50s and 60s," wrote one commenter.