‘Rick And Morty‘ and ‘Community’ creator Dan Harmon has apologised and quit Twitter after a graphic 2009 sketch in which he plays a therapist who repeatedly molests babies resurfaced online and went viral.
The sketch was created as part of a satire of the crime show Dexter, for the LA short film festival Channel 101, which Harmon co-founded in 2003. The skit portrays Harmon as a therapist treating a new father. He prescribes sleeping pills before climbing through their window and appearing to rub his genitals and sexually assault the baby. Further jokes and comments about raping a baby follow later in the sketch.
Once the video spread, Harmon quit Twitter and issued the below apology.
“In 2009, I made a ‘pilot’ which strove to parody the series Dexter and only succeeded in offending,” said Harmon in a statement, after the video re-emerged. “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.”
‘Rick And Morty’ broadcaster Adult Swim added: “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.”
Many have drawn comparisons with James Gunn being dropped as director of ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ after a series of historic and controversial Tweets re-emerged.
Earlier this year, former ‘Community‘ writer Megan Ganz said that she “forgives” Harmon after he confessed to sexually harassing her in what she describes as a “masterclass” apology.
Harmon previously apologised to Ganz for his inappropriate behaviour when the two worked together on NBC’s Community, which he also created. He tweeted back in January that he was “disgusted and sorry that I stained our show and your talent with my selfish, childish shit”.