Amy Poehler’s 5 Comebacks for Dealing With Rude People
At one point in Amy Poehler's book "Yes Please," she tells the story of her slightly disastrous speech at a major event (page 235), and then lists her incredible reactions to the situation.
It's no surprise that Amy Poehler is the queen of great comebacks. In return, here are some of the best Amy Poehler quotes to be used (at your own risk) as comebacks for rude people:
1. Call them out
When a producer told Poehler to relax after her routine was cut short, Poehler replied, "This is the part where you apologize to me. You guys screwed up and this is where you make me feel better about it." She added why: "I like to use this tactic on people. When someone is being rude, abusing their power, or not respecting you, just call them out in a really obvious way."
2. Act genuinely shocked
In another instance, Poehler said, "I can't understand why you are being rude because you are the concierge and this is the part of the evening where the concierge helps me." She explained: "Act like they are an actor who has forgotten what part they are playing. It brings the attention back to them and gives you a minute to calm down so you don't do something silly like burst into tears or break their stupid *** glasses."
3. Again, remind them, it's them not you
"If you do start crying in an argument and someone asks why, you can always say 'I'm just crying because of how wrong you are.'"
4. Just sit there quietly
"Not talking can be hard for me. But I tried it."
5. Use sugar
"Calling people sweetheart makes most people enraged."
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