Rick & Morty Creator Dan Harmon Deletes Twitter Account After Disturbing Comedy Sketch Surfaces
The video was made in 2009 and depicts Harmon rubbing himself on baby dolls.
Days after Disney fired James Gunn for a series of old, controversial tweets, Rick & Morty co-creator Dan Harmon has deleted his Twitter account ahead of his own controversy.
During San Diego Comic Con, Harmon hosted a fake radio show panel alongside fellow Rick & Morty showrunner Justin Roiland and voice actor Cassie Steele.
During the show, a 2009 video was surfaced where Harmon parodied Showtime's series Dexter, which followed a blood splatter expert by day who was a serial killer by night. Harmon's take followed a therapist who sexually assaults babies. The video features Harmon pulling down his pants and rubbing himself on a baby doll.
Shortly after the video surfaced, Harmon deleted his social media.
The shot clip begins with Harmon introducing the concept with a disclaimer, "You're about to watch my controversial new pilot Daryl. I have to warn you I originally made it for Showtime for their audience because it's a little groundbreaking for normal people to handle."
Some have speculated that this, like with Gunn, is another case of conservatives attempting to dethrone more vocal critics of Trump.
One YouTuber claimed: "If this guy gets fired the left is going to run out and scream bloody murder that he shouldn't be fired or lose his career over a simple joke keep in mind these are the same exact people who want Roseanne Barr fired for making a joke".
Barr was fired for calling a former Obama adviser the product of if "Muslim brotherhood and planet of the apes had a baby". Her tweet, from May, has been used to criticise any one coming to the defence of the likes of Harmon or Gunn. One person who came to Gunn's defence was Justin Roiland who called Disney's move "insane".
This isn't the first time Harmon has faced controversy, in January he was accused of sexually harassing a writer on one of his other shows, Community. Writer Megan Ganz accused Harmon via Twitter (his responses are no longer visible since deactivating his account).
During an episode of his podcast, Harmontown, the 45-year-old detailed how he treated Ganz, then finished up by saying, "I want to say I did it by not thinking about it and I got away with it by not thinking about it".
"If she hadn’t mentioned something on Twitter, I would have continued to not have to not think about it, although I did walk around with my stomach in knots about it, but I wouldn’t have had to talk about it."
Following the episode, Ganz called it a "masterclass in How to Apologise".
Despite the major fanbase for Rick and Morty it's unclear how this latest controversy will affect the massive deal Harmon and Roiland signed with Adult Swim. In May, the network not only renewed the series for a fourth season, but ordered 70 episodes.
Harmon may have also deleted his Twitter account -- possibly to avoid the fallout of the video surfacing, but still is active on other platforms, most recently posting a comic that follows a potentially large flower who is good friends with the loch ness monster.
Featured image: Getty / Adult Swim.