Dan Harmon, creator of Community and co-creator of the cultish animated Adult Swim series Rick & Morty, has apologized for the ridiculous “baby doll rape” video pilot he made in 2009 that surfaced online over the weekend. In the video, according to IndieWire, Harmon climbs through a window, then undresses and rubs his genitals on a doll figure. Harmon deleted his Twitter account as a result and on Tuesday issued a public apology.
Harmon’s statement reads:
“In 2009, I made a ‘pilot’ which strove to parody the series ‘Dexter’ and only succeeded in offending. I quickly realized the content was way too distasteful and took the video down immediately. Nobody should ever have to see what you saw and for that, I sincerely apologize.”
An Adult Swim spokesperson shared the following (via IndieWire):
“At Adult Swim, we seek out and encourage creative freedom and look to push the envelope in many ways, particularly around comedy. The offensive content of Dan’s 2009 video that recently surfaced demonstrates poor judgement and does not reflect the type of content we seek out. Dan recognized his mistake at the time and has apologized. He understands there is no place for this type of content here at Adult Swim.”
Wise move, considering they just renewed Rick & Morty for 70 new episodes.