Rick and Morty is arguably one of the best shows on television at the moment. It’s a series that manages to cover a broad range of topics, from the futility of existence, to fart jokes, and the possibility that your grandson is actually an evil version of you. Meeting another Rick and Morty fan used to mean that you were immediately going to share a connection, but now that some Rick and Morty fans are harassing writers, that’s all changed.
Shortly after the third season premiered in August of 2017, fans who felt that the addition of female writers would somehow negativley affect the series's quality began to rear their mutant heads. They released the writers' personal information onto the Internet, while penning myriad blog posts that all began, “Well, actually.” Seeing Rick and Morty fans trolling writers rather than engaging them in an honest conversation isn’t just disheartening, it’s downright infuriating.
Despite what the trolls say, female Rick and Morty writers are being harassed simply because they’re female. Even if the trolls didn't enjoy the third season, they would never pen Reddit posts wondering if it were the genders of the writers that were the problem. Instead of having an intellectual discussion about an intellectual show, they jumped straight to the nuclear option.
If you’re wondering how the show’s creators – Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland – reacted, or what the rest of the series' fandom thought of this gross reaction, you’re just going to have to keep reading.
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Who Are These Nerds?
They are, as Dan Harmon would refer to them, “knobs.” They’re the people who are always into something more obscure than you and hate everyone who likes the same obscure thing that they like. They’re the people who think that everything they do turns to gold, and they likely move through life without a whiff of self-reflection.
Or maybe they’re regular people with interior lives that will remain a mystery... who also happen to be petty bigots. They’re the people who are worried about “social justice warriors” taking away their right to be awful and believe that the only reason someone would create a diverse, safe space is because they were forced to do so. These nerds are on the wrong side of history.
The Writers’ Personal Information Was Leaked Online
It’s normal for fans to hem and haw about the direction that a show has taken, but when the third season premiered in August 2017, all the crybabies came out of the woodwork to whine, stating that “forced diversity” had ruined their favorite show – and they whined specifically about female writers on the show.
Most people can agree that it’s lame to release someone’s personal information to the Internet, but to do it because you didn't like the cartoon they wrote? That’s an 8-year-old level temper tantrum, and we can all do better. Rick and Morty is an excellent show; it’s funny, it’s smart, and it’s touching from time to time. But in the scheme of things, it’s not important. At least Jessica Gao handled her doxxing with a sense of humor.
There are legions of ppl with my # and email because they once met my mom and mentioned any interest in TV.— Jessica Gao (@ChairmanGao) September 23, 2017
The Creators Pushed For A Mixed Gender Writing Room
It’s insane to be talking about a mixed gender writing room like it’s a far away island that we can only dream of reaching, but it’s an unfortunate and ugly truth in the entertainment that white males make up the majority of the industry. When the show’s creators, Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, spoke to The Daily Beast in 2017, they spoke about their desire to even out the writer’s room.
“We had that for this season and I thought the results were really good because it meant that both the men and the women could increase their attention on Beth and Summer [Morty’s mom and teenage sister]... nobody represents any gender because if nobody outnumbers anybody else, then nobody’s an ambassador to anything.”
This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things
This kind of selfish, only child philosophy when it comes to entertainment is why so many great shows end up going unwatched. Either the largely white and male fandoms will make everyone feel like they don’t get it, or they make things so joyless for everyone else that no one wants to play with their toy anymore.
But here’s the thing, you don’t own anything that you love. Rick and Morty is a property that belongs to a corporation, and at some point, it’s going to go away. You can either go along for the ride and enjoy the ups and downs, or you can complain about everything that wasn't perfect and it didn't cater specifically to your desires.
Harmon addressed this exact issue when he told Entertainment Weekly:
“These knobs, that want to protect the content they think they own — and somehow combine that with their need to be proud of something they have, which is often only their race or gender. It’s offensive to me as someone who was born male and white, and still works way harder than them, that there’s some white male [fan out there] trying to further some creepy agenda by ‘protecting’ my work.”
The Backlash Began Six Months Before The Season Ever Aired
The fact that some fans of the show were upset about the addition of women writers before they’d even seen one frame of the third season tells you everything you need to know about these chumps.
They weren't mad about the quality of the show dipping (which it didn't), or the show changing its core values (once again, not a thing that happened); they’re simply mad that their perceived boy’s club was infiltrated by a group of talented women.
The Episodes The Trolls Didn’t Like Were Actually Wonderful
If you haven't been keeping up with all of this Rick and Morty drama, it may surprise you to learn precisely which episodes trolls took umbrage with. While fans and critics alike praised the season premier, the series's two subsequent episodes – "Rickmancing the Stone" and "Pickle Rick" – were specifically singled out by a portion of the fan base.
Interestingly enough, “Pickle Rick” seems like an episode that would have everything red pill dorks would love: Rick building a mech suit out of rats, a C-plot straight from a John Woo movie, and Rick turns himself into a pickle. We don’t all share the same opinions, but the arguments against these episodes, especially “Pickle Rick,” aren't exactly the most nuanced dissections of the show’s central themes.