Celebrities have minimal control over the use of their likeness, especially with memes and gifs. But they can still speak out when they see their image used to promote an agenda or person they oppose. And that is what actor Adam Scott did after seeing a gif of himself used by Team Mitch.
Team Mitch is the official Twitter account for Mitch McConnell for Senate. McConnell is the embattled Republican Senate Majority Leader who routinely gloated about using his position to obstruct legislation and President Barack Obama's appointments and nominees.
McConnell sat on President Barack Obama's last Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, for 293 days until the 2016 presidential election took place then pushed through President Donald Trump's nominee while accusing Democrats of unfairly delaying the nomination process.
On Monday evening, Team Mitch posted this gif on Twitter.
https://t.co/XJ5HKKkDep https://t.co/nMpAMAluzm— Team Mitch (@Team Mitch) 1561424632.0
The Adam Scott gif was a response to an article posted by The Hill Senior Washington Correspondent Saagar Enjeti. The article reported President Trump "tells us on-camera he would fill Supreme Court vacancy before 2020 election despite past support of [Republican] decision on Merrick Garland."
NEW: @POTUS tells us on-camera he would fill Supreme Court vacancy before 2020 election despite past support of R d… https://t.co/86FfNRO6Dv— Saagar Enjeti (@Saagar Enjeti) 1561416397.0
Team Mitch included a link to The Hill article in their post.
When actor Adam Scott saw how his likeness was used, he responded.
"Dear Mitch McConnell & all those representing him,"
"Please refrain from using my image in support of anything but your own stunning & humiliating defeat. Thanks!"
Dear Mitch McConnell & all those representing him, Please refrain from using my image in support of anything but y… https://t.co/xZNayVslXJ— Adam Scott (@Adam Scott) 1561568584.0
McConnell's team decided to reply with a fake newspaper clipping created for the show Parks and Recreation with Scott's character Ben Wyatt. The reason was a mystery as they included no caption.
@mradamscott @senatemajldr @McConnellPress https://t.co/2lyw9YhDFX— Team Mitch (@Team Mitch) 1561569048.0
Parks and Recreation followed the formula of filming their show like a documentary, made popular by the show The Office.
Maybe Team Mitch got confused?
@Team_Mitch @mradamscott @senatemajldr @McConnellPress Parks & Recreation was not a documentary. https://t.co/6t5r1mb8Mn— Issun (@Issun) 1561573776.0
But since Team Mitch decided to share an embarrassing story from a fictional character's fictional past to counter Scott, the actor did one better by sharing a real photo from the real life of Mitch McConnell.
@Team_Mitch @senatemajldr @McConnellPress https://t.co/DkTLv7E1RK— Adam Scott (@Adam Scott) 1561572376.0
@mradamscott @Team_Mitch @senatemajldr @McConnellPress https://t.co/5nP0sNJtdT— JosABanks (@JosABanks) 1561573423.0
@mradamscott @Team_Mitch @senatemajldr @McConnellPress https://t.co/OBqNRbyrxQ— Eric (@Eric) 1561573816.0
People declared Scott the clear winner.
@mradamscott @danpfeiffer @Team_Mitch @senatemajldr @McConnellPress https://t.co/eCho4Gz8sS— Krishan Patel (@Krishan Patel) 1561574629.0
@mradamscott @Team_Mitch @senatemajldr @McConnellPress https://t.co/AAQXxxdyE3— Nathan Hunter (@Nathan Hunter) 1561573122.0
As for Team Mitch's original gloating post about obstructing President Obama's Supreme Court pick, people were not amused.
@Team_Mitch Can always count on you to make our country worse.— Patrick Neff (@Patrick Neff) 1561520408.0
@Team_Mitch Take it down— Angela Landsbury (@Angela Landsbury) 1561568971.0
@Team_Mitch https://t.co/uAKRsYGdY5— Naomi MacRoss (@Naomi MacRoss) 1561568854.0
@Team_Mitch Everyone in this gif hates you.— Jeff Sorensen (@Jeff Sorensen) 1561572780.0
@SorenJeff @Team_Mitch Everyone out of the gif, too.— KPOMGBOOKS! (@KPOMGBOOKS!) 1561577690.0
@Team_Mitch Glad you're proud of your own hypocrisy— Adam Kwaselow (@Adam Kwaselow) 1561573097.0
@Team_Mitch https://t.co/gyrwmcVG7v— E (@E) 1561570705.0
@Team_Mitch I'm shocked Mitch is a giant hypocrite. Shocked! https://t.co/1uNjqg5qCX— Chris Pagliarini🎄 (@Chris Pagliarini🎄) 1561571634.0
And people tagged Adam Scott to make him aware.
@Team_Mitch There's no way in hell @mradamscott approves of this. https://t.co/gfr5Lfk0CG— Bakes (@Bakes) 1561571696.0
@Team_Mitch I wish there was a way for @mradamscott to get his likeness removed from this. Maybe there is. There’s… https://t.co/lKXhMD8znZ— Clay Crocker (@Clay Crocker) 1561579892.0
However one person suggested a gif Team Mitch could use without any backlash.
@Team_Mitch How about instead use some GIFs of Mitch McConnell? https://t.co/S59b3NOf0n— Jeremy Williams 🐯☯️ (@Jeremy Williams 🐯☯️) 1561571874.0
@Metalyger @Team_Mitch https://t.co/iA0nqp56sj— BEAM😏💫 (@BEAM😏💫) 1561574601.0
In addition to Parks and Recreation, Scott also did The Good Place. He most recently played Ed Mackenzie in Big Little Lies. The actor won awards and critical acclaim for the 2009 film The Vicious Kind with veteran actor J.K. Simmons and Brittany Snow.