It’s no secret that women are not always treated fairly for their work, which is why it was a great move for Dan Harmon, one of the creators of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim’s most popular show, Rick And Morty, to hire two female writers for the show’s upcoming third season.
What isn’t great is the backlash these writers — Jane Becker and Jessica Gao — have received on social media since they started work. Sexist Rick And Morty fans have taken to Twitter to harass the two writers, even going as far as to leak their personal information to try to scare them off the show.
Thankfully other Rick And Morty fans tweeted their support of the writers, telling Becker and Gao not to listen to the haters; however this does not cancel out the harassment they’ve been subject to. Becker and Gao are not the only women to get harassed in the workplace, the treatment of the two writers is not uncommon.
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Dan Harmon said he knew going into the third season that there would be a high chance of Becker and Gao receiving negative backlash from Rick And Morty fans. He told Entertainment Weekly the following:
I was familiar going into the third season…that any high-profile women get doxxed, they get harassed, they get threatened, they get slandered. And part of it is a testosterone-based subculture patting themselves on the back for trolling these women. I think it’s all disgusting.
Harmon also expressed frustration at the fact that people who are ignorant and misogynistic enough to harass high profile women, and blame female writers for a bad episode (especially when all the writers go together, meaning no one writer can take all the credit or blame for any one episode) watch and love his show.
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…that there’s some…[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.
At least certain people, like Harmon, know how wrong the treatment of Becker and Gao is, and are speaking out against it. However, an accepting person here or there will not dissolve the situation. What we need to remember is that it doesn’t matter whether the writers are male or female. They are all working hard to write for a show we love so much, so there’s no justification for fans to criticize and harass them for this. That’s the epitome of irrationality.
Despite what’s been going on lately, Rick And Morty is a great show, and we’ve already established that the creator doesn’t share the ignorance that some of the fans do. If you don’t already watch Rick And Morty, don’t let this situation deter you from giving it a shot. You will not be sorry!
New episodes of Rick and Morty air Sunday nights on Cartoon Network.
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