What's the point of Twitter? How are public figures supposed to interact with the countless faceless fans, detractors, and randos who @ mention them with criticism, mockery, and general inanity? What does a Twitter meltdown really look like? Dan Harmon, the creator of Community and co-creator of Rick and Morty, answered none of these questions when he went on a whirlwind tweet-spree during a flight.
The writer, producer, and podcaster responded to a stranger's bit of criticism with a double-barreled blast of dismissal, vitriol, philosophy, and straight-up rage. It looked like a classic meltdown until the inebriated airborne tweeter commenced #Harmonblock2015, kicking seemingly anyone who commented - even helpfully - to the digital curb in spectacularly public fashion.Maybe Harmon was melting down. Maybe he was just drunk. And maybe he's a troll the likes of which the world has only rarely known, grasping at what he saw as a teachable moment and sacrificing some poor schmuck's Twitter handle to make his point. Whatever he was thinking, Harmon certainly brought his skills as a writer to bear in demolishing anyone who dared speak up, and provided plenty of entertainment in the process. Read on and decide for yourself just what the hell he was doing by verbally pummeling somebody on Twitter.
Big Things, Small Beginnings
I have two sincere pitches for the hip hop industry that will sound like a bit, but are sincerely offered pieces of PROFITABLE advice— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) October 20, 2015
and yes I am drunk but that's what happens on airplanes and it doesn't make my advice bad— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) October 20, 2015
okay, so, pitch one: write a hip hop song celebrating the coolness of 50+ year old white women with salt and pepper buzz cuts. HERE'S WHY:— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) October 20, 2015
Second pitch is more general: please rap about MORE things. Raps used to be about peas and carrots and superman, now they're about nothing.— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) October 20, 2015
The Response That Caused a Tweetstorm
@danharmon Uhhhh ok? I guess you're drunker than expected. That's ok. But this isn't that great of an idea?— Bird Person (@Castiels_coat) October 20, 2015