Rick and Morty is probably one of the funniest shows on television right now, which is why when the show hired four new female writers to write season 3, we were ecstatic.
However, after several female writers on the show have had their personal information published on the web, co-creator Dan Harmon has a message for the sexist trolls who may not like the show's new writers.
Season 3 of Rick and Morty began on July 30, featuring some hilarious episodes such as “Pickle Rick” (written by Jessica Gao) and “Rickmancing the Stone” (written by Jane Becker). Unfortunately, some fans haven't liked the new episodes and have decided to lash out by publishing the personal information of the female writers, along with sending them threats and hate mail.
Co-creator Dan Harmon talked about these angry “fans” with Entertainment Weekly, “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 … I think it's all disgusting.”
Felicia Day is another prominent woman in the geekdom community, starring in web series like The Guild, along with creating the ultra-popular Youtube channel Geek & Sundry.
“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 [fan out there] trying to further some creepy agenda by ‘protecting’ my work.”
Harmon also created the show Community, which he referenced in having the same type of frustration with, but obviously not to this level.
“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!’”
We're glad to see Harmon speak out against these terrible “fans” and hope everyone involved with the show stays safe.
Check out Rick and Morty on Sunday nights on Adult Swim.