A quick rundown of the current situation: Rick and Morty fans are jerks.
We all could have probably guessed that from the start, but here’s a clarification: certain elements of the Rick and Morty fanbase have, for reasons known only to themselves, decided to start harassing writers for the show, sending death threats, spouting hate, and generally acting in a wholly inappropriate and indeed criminal manner.
Their reason for doing so? Well, as the title of this article suggests, they’re mad because some new writers for season three of Rick and Morty are female.
Okay, that’s probably an oversimplification. Should you actually ask any of the people involved in these attacks, they’d probably argue that in reality, this issue is probably all about ethics in Adult Swim cartoon writing or some such nonsense.
The bottom line is that there are some new writers working on the show this season, some fans are mad because the new episodes aren’t (in their minds) as good as what’s come before, and as such, they’ve decided to punish the guilty writers be behaving like jerks to them online.
Oh, and they’re generally only targeting the new female writers, for some reason.
(The reason probably rhymes with “hexism”.)
Needless to say, show creator Dan Harmon is not impressed. He’s made it very clear that he’s totally and completely not on board with anything these cretins are doing:
“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. Because to the extent that you get can get a girl to shriek about a frog you’ve proven girls are girly and there’s no crime in assaulting her with a frog because it’s all in the name of proving something. I think it’s all disgusting.
“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. I’ve made no bones about the fact that I loathe these people. It f—ing sucks.”
But the trolls can tell, Dan! They can tell when someone other than you is writing an episode! The jokes aren’t as funny, Dan, the premise isn’t as clever. Dan, Dan, stop trying to take the fall for these women and their constant hysterics! If they show’s not funny enough, it’s probably because the women aren’t as funny as male writers.
“You idiots, we all write the show together! If you can tell the difference between one writer and another on a show I’m running I’ve probably gotten so lazy that it hasn’t all been blended and refined in the usual process. 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. There’s a bunch of reasons why we don’t accurately reflect how many writers contribute to each episode in the credits.”
There you go. If you think that a perceived decline in Rick and Morty writing quality is anything to do with the gender of the people writing each individual episode, Dan Harmon thinks you’re an idiot.
He’s not wrong. While big “look at me!” posturing from a fan community’s scummiest minority can and will always fail to achieve its goals – unless its goals are to temporarily make life hell for people that are making the very show these morons care about.
After all, hurling Twitter abuse at female writers based solely on their gender isn’t going to make these women suddenly decide to quit the show, or convince them to suddenly start writing funnier jokes. All it does, if anything, is bury the issue at hand.
If there was a (very, very pointless) discussion to be had about the relative quality of Rick and Morty episodes, it’s now been entirely swallowed up in a larger conflict. “Idiots” (in Dan’s words) who try to make people stand up and pay attention to their complaints have now taken the issue so far as to stop anyone from actually caring about whether season three of Rick and Morty is better than season two – we’re all too busy rolling our eyes at the loudmouths who are yet again picking on female creators solely because of their gender.
This isn’t an appropriate way to behave. It’s not smart, it doesn’t help the cause these people are fighting for, it’s borderline if not completely illegal, and worst of all, it does genuine damage to people’s lives for no reason.
So, please. If you’re into this, don’t do it anymore. No more online abuse, it doesn’t help your cause. It just makes everyone mad, and that only creates more problems.
Rick Sanchez isn’t supposed to be a role model, and yelling loudly is never going to get you what you want – whatever that might be in this confusing scenario.