Harmon apologized for the video two years in the past, however now the clip is resurfacing with hashtags utilized by followers of the right-wing conspiracy concept QAnon.
Eleven years after “Rick and Morty” co-creator Dan Harmon made a parody video during which he simulates raping a child doll — and two years after apologizing for it — new consideration is being dropped at the video on social media and with it calls to cancel the Grownup Swim present. Whereas this isn’t the primary time controversy has erupted over the video, this newest spherical of public backlash comes with a brand new twist: Posts calling for the cancellation of “Rick and Morty” continuously embody hashtags utilized by adherents of the sprawling right-wing conspiracy concept QAnon.
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The video, a parody of “Dexter” referred to as “Daryl,” premiered in 2009 on the Channel 101 comedy competition. It options Harmon’s character climbing by a window, flattening his pants, and rubbing his genitals on a child doll mendacity on a sofa. Harmon seems on digital camera initially of the video warning viewers the next footage is “controversial.”
The video resurfaced in 2018 and precipitated backlash towards Harmon on social media, main him to delete his Twitter account. He stated this on the time:
“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.”
Cartoon Community, which airs “Rick and Morty,” stood by Harmon whereas denouncing the video.
The clip was circulating once more this week. On Twitter, it’s continuously been posted with #SaveTheChildren. That hashtag was first used to lift cash for the Save the Youngsters charity, however because the New York Instances reported Wednesday, it has just lately been coopted by QAnon followers. Fb briefly disabled the hashtag after it was flooded with pro-QAnon content material.
For the uninitiated, QAnon is a sprawling conspiracy concept that has rapidly gained steam because the final months of 2017. Its core tenets middle across the perception in a worldwide cabal of elite pedophiles who rule the world, amongst them Hillary Clinton and Hollywood notables. They imagine that President Donald Trump is working to show the doings of this group.
Whereas QAnon has many devoted adherents, it’s possible that many individuals posting the Harmon video alongside #SaveTheChildren are unaware they’re boosting one of many motion’s hashtags. Because the Instances reported, outstanding mommy bloggers and health influencers have begun posting anti-trafficking memes with the hashtag.
However some folks posting about Harmon undoubtedly comply with QAnon. In truth, some adherents have been discussing Harmon and “Rick and Morty” within the context of alleged Hollywood pedophilia for 2 years. One Twitter consumer posted screenshots of the video in July 2018 alongside #QAnon and #Pizzagate.
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