Rick and Morty creator Dan Harmon recently deleted his Twitter account after a video surfaced of him performing with a baby doll. It was allegedly a parody of Showtime’s Dexter television show.
After the original video resurfaced, Harmon released a statement to USA Today:
“In 2009, I made a ‘pilot’ which strove to parody the series ‘Dexter’ and only succeeded in offending. 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 is the late night adult programming on Cartoon Network and runs the Rick and Morty show issued their own statement:
“At Adult Swim, we seek out and encourage creative freedom and look to push the envelope in many ways, particularly around comedy. The offensive content of Dan’s 2009 video that recently surfaced demonstrates poor judgement 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.”
However, a new video has surfaced showing Harmon with a real child. The video was posted on Live Leak and claimed to be from Harmon’s Instagram. The uploaded description of the video implies that the child is touching Harmon’s crotch area. It was deleted from the website soon after it was posted.
Dan Harmon had previously admitted to sexually harassing Megan Ganz in January of this year.
The popular Rick and Morty animated show has been adapted into comics by Oni Press with a story written by Zac Gorman. The show’s third season on Adult Swim was “the most watched comedy among adults between 18-24, according to the last Nielsen survey.”
Additionally the Season 3 premiere had over three million unique visitors watch a surprise livestream on April Fool’s day on Adult Swim’s website and 8.7 million watched it on Facebook. After the success of the third season, the show was not only renewed for a fourth season, but Adult Swim ordered 70 new episodes from Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland. The first three seasons only had 31 episodes total.
Christina Miller, who is the President of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and Boomerang praised the show during its Season 3 finale, “Rick and Morty is truly what a modern day hit looks like across multiple screens and multiple touchpoints.”