Dan Harmon, the co-creator of hit animated science fiction sitcom, Rick and Morty has had enough of rabid fans who have been harassing the show's female writers.
The critically acclaimed series has recently implemented a gender balanced writer's room for its third season. And while most critics and fans agree that this has not affected quality, a small section of the fandom has gone on to harass two of the show's female writers namely, Jane Becker and Jessica Gao. They have been subjected to ugly comments on twitter and were doxxed (had their personal information put online).
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Harmon lays out what he thinks of those internet trolls. “I was familiar going into the third season, having talked to Felicia Day, that any high-profile women get doxxed, they get harassed, they get threatened, they get slandered. And part of it is a testosterone-based subculture patting themselves on the back for trolling these women," he pointed out.
He then went on to call out this so-called fans of his work. “These knobs, that want to protect the content they think they own — and somehow combine that with their need to be proud of something they have, which is often only their race or gender. It’s offensive to me as someone who was born male and white, and still works way harder than them, that there’s some white male trying to further some creepy agenda by ‘protecting’ my work," he said. "I’ve made no bones about the fact that I loathe these people. It f—ing sucks."
He also went on to explain the ins and outs of a typical writers room, and states that it is a matter of team work and each episode does not fall on the shoulders of the credited writer alone. “It’s frustrating enough having run Community for several years to see threads like, ‘Oh well, it makes sense this episode was written by Andy Bobrow because when Hilary Winston wrote her episode she tends to linger more on dialogue and Andy is better at the I-want-to-hold-you moments.’ And I want to scream at my computer: ‘You idiots, we all write the show together!'" Harmon said.
"The reason one person’s name goes on an episode is that someone has to and everyone deserves one of those times at bat where they have to do all the grunt work — they have to do all the outlining, sometimes, if they’re willing to, they can expand into the post-production process," he explained further.
Well the most important thing to note is, if it's a great show who cares what gender, race, religion or sexual orientation the writers are. Just enjoy it, who really has that much time on their hands that they would have to check the credited writers, research them, and go out of their way to harass them?
Rick and Morty airs Sunday Night on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.