Dan Harmon, the co-creator of the popular cartoon has now responded to the many internet trolls attacking the female writers of the show. He slams the abuse as disgusting.
Adult Swim decided to mix up the group of male writers of the show for season six and instated a gender balanced writing team. After it was revealed that the second and third episodes, Rickmancing the Stone and Pickle Rick – both very positively received, were credited to women, the female writers received a lot of harassment and abuse on Twitter, and had their personal information leaked online.
“Part of it is a testosterone-based subculture,” Harmon told Entertainment Weekly, “patting themselves on the back for trolling these women… 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.”
He continued: “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. I’ve made no bones about the fact that I loathe these people. It fucking sucks.”
Harmon later says that targeting one credited writer is unfair, and “total ignorance of how writing a television show works”.
He explained why not every single writer involved in a show is credited, saying “Everyone deserves one of those times at bat where they have to do all the grunt work — they have to do all the outlining, sometimes, if they’re willing to, they can expand into the post-production process.”