Adam Scott got into a Twitter feud with Confederate turtle Mitch McConnell

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I never got into Parks & Recreation – sorry! – so I was never into Adam Scott when he first became a thing. I didn’t NOT like him, I just had a general ambivalence towards him, but he seemed fine. But truly, his performance in Big Little Lies (series 1 and 2) has blown me away. He’s a very capable dramatic actor. I’ve also been vaguely aware that Scott is pretty woke and a big supporter of many liberal and progressive candidates and causes. What I didn’t know is that he would get into a Twitter fight with Mitch McConnell. Yes, ladies and gents, Adam Scott could get it.

First, there was a story about how Donald Trump told reporters that he would fill a Supreme Court vacancy before the 2020 election, unlike how Mitch McConnell jammed up Merrick Garland’s SCOTUS nomination in 2016. Mitch’s Twitter team tweeted this response:

Adam Scott responded with this:

Mitch’s Twitter team responded with this joke from Parks & Rec:

To which Adam Scott replied with this photo of Mitch standing in front of a Confederate flag:

This should honestly be the reply to everything Mitch McConnell says or does. Ugh. Good for Adam Scott, even though I really don’t think that celebrities have the right (like, a legal argument) to shut down people using their image in a GIF to promote terrible things. Still, it’s good that Adam tried it.

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  1. Erinn says:

    F-ck yeah, Adam Scott. Love that guy.

    I wasn’t a giant fan of his character to be honest. I liked him well enough, but never loved him. I think Adam’s a pretttyyy great guy, though.

    • Esmom says:

      Omg, I loved his character. When his bachelor party involved playing Settlers of Catan, I swooned, lol.

      • Harryg says:

        Scott is great in Step Brothers too, a massive jerk! He’s a very very good actor.

      • holly hobby says:

        I remember him from Step Brothers but I will forever be a fan for him recreating the openings of Simon and Simon, Hart to Hart etc on YouTube. If you never saw this go to YouTube and search for it. Really funny!

  2. L84Tea says:

    I finally got caught up with season 1 of BLL (I had never gotten around to watching it), but ever since the last episode of season 1 when he sang that Elvis song–and I’m not even sure if that was really his voice–I’m sort of in love with him.

    • Kebbie says:

      It wasn’t his voice. He said he got vocal lessons and everything to prepare for it, and they still had to dub his voice.

    • minx says:

      He is wonderful in BLL. I’ve just watched season 2 and have been pleasantly surprised by how much I like it. IMO the pace is quicker than season 1 and Meryl Streep is fantastic. And Laura Dern is getting some meaty material.

  3. Mel says:

    You should see him in The Good Place! He’s awesome.
    And also, f… Turtle Mitch!
    He and his wife making a fortune using more than questionable methods with no repercussion whatsoever…There was a debate on Twitter the other day so I’m not sure: does he have a challenger or not for 2020?
    He needs to disappear.

    • Megan says:

      He does have a challenger. MoveOn set up a special fund for Kentucky.

    • Kebbie says:

      Lol he’s so funny in The Good Place. He’s so convincing as a genuine good guy in Parks and Rec and BLL, and just as convincing and hilarious as a demon in TGP.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Mitch McConnell has been the biggest threat to our democracy. He’s destroying our country.

  4. Valiantly Varnished says:

    I love Adam Scott. Ive been a fan for years. I wasn’t huge into Parks and Rec but he has been in tons of films before that. My favorite role of his is as Will Ferrell’s brother in Step Brothers. And he’s fantastic in Big Little Lies.

  5. savu says:

    That pic in front of the Confederate flag should be the only response to anything and everything Mitch McConnell does.

    • Lucy2 says:

      Yes! How appalling.

      Also, does Team Mitch (barf) realize that Ice Town thing is a joke from a tv show? I’m thinking no…

  6. elimaeby says:

    Between this and Anthony Mackie, you guys are just filling my morning with my forever-crushes. I LOVED Parks and Rec. My ex and I went as Ron and Leslie for Halloween more than once (to be fair, he had a fabulous mustache, so it was easy). I adored him as Ben. I also think he’s one of the strongest parts of BLL. His chops as a dramatic actor really surprised me.

  7. Lucy says:

    Idk if he can stop them from using his image, but I loved that he immediately shut that down. Like, I don’t have anything to do with your deplorable, racist bullsh*t. Keep me out of it.

  8. Esmom says:

    Go Adam. F%^k McConnell and his deplorable Team Mitch. Adam may not have a legal right to object to their using his image but holy hell would I be pissed if I were him. Now if only a “stunning and humiliating defeat” was a sure thing.

    • maisie says:

      Unfortunately, due to ingrained racism, gerrymandering, voter suppression and only 12 white Republicans being allowed to vote in Kentucky, the Reptile McConnell has had a stranglehold on his seat for years.

      The only compensation is everyone knowing that his children hate his guts. Jesus, imagine having that criminal d**chebag as a father.

  9. Faithmobile says:

    I could watch parks and rec over and over again. And I would if I wasn’t deep into back episodes of Portrait Artist of the Year.
    I still can’t decide if I should watch Big Little Lies, the first episode bugged the crap out of me(rich people problems). If I do watch it, I will skip to the end of season 1 as suggested in your podcast.

    • Nicole R says:

      Maybe I have to rewatch the first episode but I wouldn’t say that domestic abuse , rape and PTSD are exactly rich people problems…

  10. Melly says:

    Adam Scott has been awesome for many years. I highly recommend the show Party Down. An oldie but a goodie.

    • Enormous Coat says:

      Party Down was pretty great, and have you seen him in The Vicious Kind? I think he’s a tremendous actor – and his clapback game is clearly on point.

    • Surly Gale says:

      Well, @Melly, I’m trusting you 100% – just purchased the DVD for Party Down because I want to support this fella somehow. Your recommendation is just what I needed to do so!

  11. Stacy Dresden says:


  12. Rapunzel says:

    McDonnell’s original post was so full of smug douchebaggery. Bragging about stealing a SCoTUS seat is so gross. I still seethe over the unjust treatment of Merrick Garland. I pray when Cheeotolini is voted out in 2020 (please Lord) that he’s indicted on numerous crimes, sent to jail, and President Elizabeth Warren (please Lord) gets every one of his judgeship appointments vacated due to his corruption. And poor Beer Baby Bret Kavenaugh is dragged crying and screaming from his office.

    • Sierra says:

      I am praying with you. Will just add that Gorsuch also should lose his seat and Warren shuts down Mitch in public like he did to her last year.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I like your fantasy and I will daydream with you that it will happen.

  13. Nicegirl says:

    There is an administration lady at my local hospital, we’ve spoken several times about actor Adam Scott. She said he was a classmate all through school, and from elementary he would tell everyone he was going to be a famous actor when he grew up and no one believed him, teasing him about it for years. She says she imagines him laughing ‘all the way to the bank’- I wasn’t a fan until the Good Place but this info adds to why I am a big fan now. You go, Adam. 🖖🏽

  14. DiegoInSF says:

    Ha! Go Adam! Lol at Mitch or his Team naming his Twitter Team Mitch to make that prehistoric turtle seem cool.

  15. smee says:

    Perfect reply. Keep fighting the Nazi scum, Adam!

  16. Kristic says:

    Love him in Bachelorette!

  17. 10KTurtle says:

    Kaiser- you should watch him in “Little Evil!” It’s a spoof of “The Omen,” where Adam plays a stepdad who is trying to love a little “Damien” character who keeps trying to kill him- and it’s somehow funny and heartwarming! He was great in “Krampus,” too.

  18. manda says:

    If you want to treat yourself, find episodes of Party Down. Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, Jane Lynch. You’re welcome

    ETA: I commented after having the page open for a while, and see that others have recommended it. Such a good show!

  19. Mash says:

    i love this dude’s acting…. HE LIT IT ON FIRE in Twilight Zone reboot

  20. Amelie says:

    Well given that Mitch McConnell’s team responded with a FICTIONAL newspaper article about Adam Scott’s FICTIONAL character Ben Wyatt on Parks and Rec and Adam responded with a REAL picture of Mitch McConnell standing in front of a Confederate flag, I’d say it’s pretty clear who won.

    Also for those of you not understanding the Ice Town article, Adam Scott’s character in Parks and Rec became mayor really young at 18 in his hometown and made the town go bankrupt by putting all the money into a winter sports complex called Ice Town. It’s a recurring joke throughout the series.

    And for those of you who aren’t into Parks and Rec, you are all missing out big time! So much better than The Office!

  21. Lucy2 says:

    I highly recommend Parks and Rec, it’s funny and sweet and optimistic.

  22. kerwood says:

    There should be more of this. I love Michelle Obama but I say, when they go low, KICK ‘EM IN THE TEETH!

  23. Oliviajoy1995 says:

    LOVE Adam Scott. Just watched him in one of the latest Twilight Zone series episodes. He was good as always.

  24. Silvie says:

    I was late to the Adam Scott party, too, but wow. He’s H-O-T.

  25. Charfromdarock says:

    Pawnee forever!

  26. K says:

    He was awesome in Parks! Loved his and Amy Poehler’s relationship, so cute

  27. Bronson says:

    I got to see him at Clusterfest with Scott Auckerman last weekend – he’s a dreamboat and his response made me soooo happy!

  28. Heat says:

    He’s the best! Love him from Party Down and Parks and Rec obviously, but also:

    How Did This Get Made? podcast which he is on every time a new Fast & Furious movie comes out.
    The Greatest Event in Television History episodes recreating opening credits of Simon & Simon, Hart to Hart, Too Close For Comfort, and Bosom Buddies with other comedy faves.
    His arc on Burning Love, Yahoo’s parody of the Bachelor franchise.
    U Talkin’ U2 to Me? his podcast with Scott Aukerman where they talk about every U2 album which has now morphed to R U Talkin’ REM RE: Me?

    He’s the best!