Amy Poehler Addresses Boston Marathon Bombing in Amazing ‘Smart Girls’ Video

Amy Poehler has posted a new video in her endlessly endearing Smart Girls series, and it contains one of the most intelligent, sensitive, and nuanced responses to the Boston Marathon bombings we’ve seen. Asked by a 16-year-old named Millie how she can spread better alternatives to the negative images and videos she sees of her friends online, Poehler meditates on how the constant onslaught of media affects us — especially after tragic events like what happened in Boston. One of the questions we have to ask ourselves in these situations, she says, is, “How do I keep myself informed and connected without exploiting people and harming myself?” What’s most powerful about the video is that Poehler admits her confusion about what to do, finally venturing, “I wonder if we can give our eyes a break and maybe try to see things in a different way — try to see things by reading about them or talking about them or listening.” [via Today]