Enter Bridgett McDowell, a woman in Livingston County, Michigan who, according to Nerdist, was part of a group protesting the decision to stop airing the County Board of Commissioners meetings on local television. After detailing more specific points in the meeting’s first call for public comment, McDowell used the second call to recite Patton Oswalt’s filibuster from the “Parks and Recreation” episode verbatim. Only a minute of her speech was captured on video, but it made its way to Twitter thanks to a user named Lauren Gibbons.
And what did Oswalt think about his speech being used in a real-life protest? Well, he told the Observer, “I heard that. Someone posted it on Twitter and I thanked her. I was very, very flattered.”
According to her Twitter account, McDowell eventually got to meet Oswalt at one of his shows. She got his autograph on her copy of “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark,” a true crime book written by Oswalt’s late wife, Michelle McNamara, for which Oswalt wrote the afterword. She also got a picture with him while wearing a shirt that said “Black Widow is first tier,” referencing a line from the filibuster claiming that Black Widow and Hawkeye aren’t “first tier” Avengers and shouldn’t have been included in the movies.