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When Cartoon Network’s [adult swim] program Rick and Morty was in its infancy, the writers room contained the show’s co-creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, with Tom Kauffman, Ryan Ridley, Wade Randolph, and Eric Acosta, and writer’s assistant Mike McMahan. For the show’s current Season 3 run, that writers room has become gender-balanced with the addition of Jane Becker, Sarah Carbiener, Jessica Gao, and Erica Rosbe. Now a mentally and socially balanced person who’s a fan of the show and the excellent episodes they’ve released just this year might celebrate that fact, while misogynistic trolls might use it as an excuse to harass said female writers. Guess which response Harmon is commenting on now?
After Becker and Gao, two of the writers behind “Rickmancing the Stone” and “Pickle Rick”, were harassed on Twitter and doxxed (i.e. had their personal information put online), EW followed up with Harmon to get his thoughts on the ugly situation. While idiots like these trolls deserve no attention, it’s nice to see Harmon come out in defense of his writing team–male or female. Misogyny aside, the trolls also show no understanding how a writers room works, the creative process, or human decency. Harmon takes them to task on each count in admirable fashion.
Harmon - Response - Courtesy - EW - Comments
You can read Harmon’s full response, courtesy of EW, but I’ve included some of his choicest comments below:
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.
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