Rick and Morty creator apologizes for offensive video


Rick and Morty creator Dan Harmon has apologized for an offensive video he made back in 2009 and will not face punishment from Adult Swim.

Last week, Disney chose to fire Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn for old Twitter posts. Luckily for fans of Rick and Morty, Adult Swim chose not to jump the gun in the same manner when an old video surfaced.

The entire controversy came to light when some people started digging up old information on the internet, for the sole purpose of trying to get people in trouble.

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With James Gunn, it was old jokes he made on Twitter that were extremely offensive. The posts had come up before but Gunn apologized and went on to make two Guardians of the Galaxy movies.

However, when the exact same posts were spread around again last week, Disney fired Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy 3. It made little sense because the two sides dealt with this before without problems and firing him now is doing so six years after they originally reprimanded him for it.

Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker and Karen Gillan all came out in defense of James Gunn.

For Rick and Morty creator Dan Harmon, it was a video he made back in 2009. In the video titled Daryl, Harmon simulated a rape of a baby doll.

Deadline reported that Harmon has apologized for the video and explained exactly what the purpose of it was.

According to Harmon, he was making a “pilot” that spoofed the Showtime series Dexter, which was about a serial killer working for the police who targeted criminals. He said that he was trying to parody the show but it turned out to be too offensive so he took the video down.

However, some people were able to get copies of it and have spread it around recently to try to get someone else in Hollywood fired. Much like the Gunn tweets, the video surfaced on conservative/right-wing blogs.

Both James Gunn and Dan Harmon are outspoken about the current political climate in the United States.

Luckily for Harmon and fans of Rick and Morty, Adult Swim chose not to jump the gun and overreact to the situation. Harmon will continue with his hit animated series.

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Adult Swim released a statement that they “seek out and encourage creative freedom and look to push the envelope in many ways, particularly around comedy” and that Harmon “recognized his mistake at the time and has apologized. He understands there is no place for this type of content here at Adult Swim.”