On Thursday (April 18), Amy Poehler focused the latest “Ask Amy” video on her Smart Girls Channel on the recent tragic Boston Marathon bombings.
Answering a question from a 16-year-old, identified as Millie, about how she can avoid watching the negative videos and images that are so commonly absorbed on the Internet and instead spread something more positive, Poehler admitted that she’d been wondering the same thing.
“Doesn’t it just feel like we’re just bombarded with stuff now?
Everywhere we go there’s just some picture that’s worse than the one
before,” she says. The “Parks and Recreation” star suggests that those who make a habit of surrounding themselves with the onslaught of negative news “soften our hearts and minds and eyes and give our eyes a break and try to see things in a different way.”
“It’s okay not to be looking at what everyone else is looking at all the time … and be okay with letting some things rest in peace,” Poehler advises Millie.
She concludes the rather poignant video by saying, “I don’t know if this makes any sense, but this has been a weird week, hasn’t it? So thanks Millie, and I love you, Boston. See you soon.”
Poehler was raised in Newton, which is located just a few miles outside of Boston, and graduated from Boston College.