Dan Harmon is the latest comedian in trouble after someone unearthed an old parody video Dan created where he plays a child molester and baby rapist. The video short titled “Daryl” was a parody of the gruesome TV thriller Dexter.
Harmon decided not to fuck around, and just deleted everything, but of course, it’s never all really gone. In the video Harmon enters a home through a window and approaches a sleeping baby (portrayed by a doll), takes down his pants and simulating rape on the doll.
Harmon is the creator of the smash hit series “Rick & Morty,” and also created the network hit, Community. This is Dan’s second time making the media rounds for old and offensive behavior. He apologized for being a creep while working at Community and developing an unrequited romantic interest in writer Megan Ganz. Ganz accepted his atonement, calling his response a “masterclass” in how to apologize.
This time his apology was short, but expressed legitimate remorse. “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,” Harmon wrote. Adult Swim does not plan to part ways with Harmon over the old video, but made it clear that they do not condone the content of the video. In an email to CNET they wrote, “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.”
Harmon’s problems come on the heels of James Gunn getting fired by Disney for old rape jokes that were unearthed by a conservative website. Soon after, jokes written by Patton Oswalt and Michael Ian Black were targeted by Mike Cernovich who seems to be hunting for prey. And even Trevor Noah is facing backlash for a joke about indigenous Australian women.