Amy Poehler won’t be Tweeting, pinning or posting a selfie anytime soon.
“I’m not a real social media person. I’m not on Twitter,” the Parks and Recreation star and Golden Globes cohost tells Paper Magazine for its holiday gift guide issue. She also notes that she finds people can be mean online – even when they don’t intend to be.
“I try not to read too much online because I always get my feelings hurt, even if someone’s flattering you,” says Poehler.
“Like, somebody Tweeting, ‘Call me crazy, but I think Amy Poehler’s attractive.’ And you’re like, ‘Okay? Thank you?’ Or like someone writing, ‘I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that I’d have sex with Amy Poehler.’ ”
The actress, now in her sixth season on her NBC sitcom, also claims no interest whatsoever in this year’s hottest phenom.
“The amount of Instagram selfies seems crazy out-of-control,” Poehler observes. “The idea of, ‘This is my face and everyone needs to see it all the time,’ is so far from the privacy that people used to seek. Now everyone acts the way ’80s performance artists used to act. Everybody’s Karen Finley. Everybody’s like, ‘This is my vagina! I’m gonna put s––– all over me and take pictures!’ ”
Poehler, 42, does admit that things have changed since she was growing up.
“You’d go to a party or a punk rock show and you’d have fun, and you’d bring a camera, and you’d take pictures, and those pictures would stay inside the camera,” she says. “Pictures were an addition to the experience. Now the picture is the experience. If I’m hanging out with a friend, and they take a picture of me, it’s like ‘Ugh.’ I mean, I hate looking at pictures of myself. It immediately takes me out of the experience.”
As for the influence social media might have on sons Archie, 5, and Abel, 3 – whose father is her ex-husband, Will Arnett – Poehler says: “I’m terrified!”