Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon has quit Twitter and issued an apology after an offensive sketch he made in 2009 resurfaced. The sketch, “Daryl,” was a spoof of TV serial killer drama Dexter in which Harmon played a therapist and simulated the rape of a baby doll.
In a written statement, Harmon called the sketch “way too distasteful” and apologized for its content.
“In 2009, I made a ‘pilot’ which strove to parody the series Dexter and only succeeded in offending,” Harmon wrote. “I quickly realized the content was way too distasteful and took the video down immediately. Nobody should ever have to see what you saw and for that, I sincerely apologize.”
Adult Swim, which broadcasts Rick and Morty, also issued a statement: “The offensive content of Dan’s 2009 video that recently surfaced demonstrates poor judgment and does not reflect the type of content we seek out. Dan recognized his mistake at the time and has apologized. He understands there is no place for this type of content here at Adult Swim.”
The sketch aired as part of the Los Angeles monthly short film festival Channel 101, which Harmon co-founded in 2003. The clip was largely forgotten about until it was posted on 4chan and spread to pro-Trump subreddit r/The_Donald. “If they get to take scalps for someone making racist jokes, we get to take scalps for them making pedophilia jokes,” one 4chan user wrote on a thread about the video.
Many are drawing comparisons between Harmon and Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, who was fired over the weekend after offensive tweets resurfaced making light of rape, pedophilia, AIDS, 9/11, and the Holocaust.
In other TV and movie news, a petition is calling for Netflix to cancel “body-shaming” series ‘Insatiable.’