Rick and Morty has at all times been a controversial present that’s pushed the boundaries of up to date TV content material, however today the favored present is underneath intense scrutiny. Although present creator Dan Harmon not too long ago supplied some updates concerning the much-anticipated fifth season, individuals on-line are outraged a few sketch he created over a decade in the past.
On Aug. 13, quite a few individuals on social media started to name for the cancellation of the present after an outdated sketch from 2009 resurfaced. The sketch is a parody of the present Dexter, during which Harmon simulates the rape of a doll. According to Deadline, Harmon had already apologized concerning the bit in 2018 when it was initially found.
However, individuals are simply as mad today concerning the clip as they have been two years in the past when it first surfaced. They’re calling for the present to be canceled.
Fans found the controversial video clip in 2018
Despite the truth that the video is at present making its rounds on social media, the clip was really initially created in 2009. It got here from the pilot episode of Daryl, a present meant to spoof the hit Showtime sequence Dexter which revolved round a serial killer that solely hunted different murderers.
According to Uproxx, the video was made for a month-to-month comedy sketch competition referred to as Channel 101. When the video initially surfaced in 2018, Harmon was selling Rick and Morty at San Diego ComicCon and instantly deleted his Twitter account.
Dan Harmon apologized for the video in 2018
As information of the video unfold in 2018, Harmon was fast to problem an apology.
“In 2009, I made a pilot which strove to parody the sequence Dexter and solely succeeded in offending. I rapidly realized the content material was method too distasteful and took the video down instantly,” Harmon stated. “Nobody should ever have to see what you saw and for that, I sincerely apologize.”
Adult Swim, the community that Harmon’s wildly in style Rick and Morty sequence is aired on, additionally issued a press release within the aftermath of the video’s launch:
“At Adult Swim, we seek out and encourage creative freedom and look to push the envelope in many ways, particularly around comedy,” an Adult Swim spokesperson stated.
“The offensive content of Dan’s 2009 video that recently surfaced demonstrates poor judgement and does not reflect the type of content we seek out. Dan recognized his mistake at the time and has apologized. He understands there is no place for this type of content here at Adult Swim.”
The video remains to be making waves today
Despite having apologized for the video in 2018, Harmon remains to be receiving backlash for the clip. Several social media accounts dedicated to little one trafficking and sexual abuse consciousness are calling for the cancellation of Rick and Morty as a response to the inappropriate content material.
Whether or not there can be extra penalties levied in opposition to Harmon for the video stays to be seen, however one factor is for certain: there isn’t any place the place that sort of content material is suitable today.