Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland found himself in some hot water on Sunday when he shared a now-deleted Tweet that called out extremism.

Roiland stated, “Extremism is bad no matter what ideology you adopt.” He then proceeded to share a photo of an article from The College Fix written by Diana Soriano that details a lecture given at Boston University by University of Washington Professor Robin DiAngelo. (Archive link: https://archive.fo/xG056/image)

Justin Roiland

During her lecture, DiAngelo states that treating everyone the same is a dangerous idea. She notes when she hears it from someone she thinks, “This person doesn’t understand basic socializiation. This person doesn’t understand culture. This person is not self-aware.” She would add, “My friend Erin Trent Johnson … she says, ‘When I hear a white person say this, what I am thinking is: ‘This is a dangerous white person. This is a white person who is going to need to deny my reality.’”

For stating, “extremism is bad no matter what ideology you adopt” and sharing the screenshot of the article, Roiland was lambasted predominantly by a number of people including Michelle Perez, known for wishing an IED killed veteran and Jawbreakers – Lost Souls creator Richard C. Meyer.

Perez specifically attacked Roiland for sharing the article from The College Fix and proceeded to post a number of photos from other articles on the website. Here’s just a couple of Perez’s tweets:

Perez wasn’t the only one to go after Roiland. Jake Flores who hosts the podcast Pod Damn America also called out Roiland saying, “Yo this sucks ass.”

Flores then posted a screenshot of the people who had retweeted Roiland’s now-deleted tweet.

Others would pile on.

Roiland isn’t the only person to face this kind of backlash. Captain America actor Chris Evans faced similar criticisms after he announced he planned on creating a political website “where you can hear both sides of a political issue in a succinct, digestible way.”

What do you think of all this? Do you think its a good idea for Justin Roiland to have deleted his Tweet? Should he have stood firm in his belief that extremism on both sides are bad?

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