- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 24, 2018

“Rick and Morty” creator Dan Harmon has apologized after a 2009 sketch that resurfaced on social media this week showed him pretending to rape a baby.

“In 2009, I made a ‘pilot’ which strove to parody the series ‘Dexter’ and only succeeded in offending,” Mr. Harmon said in a statement Monday. “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.”

Mr. Harmon, best known for writing and producing the NBC comedy series “Community,” deleted his Twitter account on Monday after the video resurfaced. In the sketch, titled “Daryl,” Mr. Harmon plays a therapist who breaks into an apartment, strips down to his bare buttocks, and then rubs his genitals on a baby doll.

“That’s the first time I’ve been able to do what I love without feeling guilty,” Mr. Harmon says after the pretend rape. “I just wish there was a way to know every baby that was going to be a murderer unless I raped them.”

Adult Swim, the network that airs “Rick and Morty,” released a statement condemning Mr. Harmon’s behavior but accepting his apology.

“At Adult Swim, we seek out and encourage creative freedom and look to push the envelope in many ways, particularly around comedy,” the network said. “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.”

Mr. Harmon’s apology came one day after Disney announced it was firing James Gunn as director of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” over “indefensible” social media posts in which the filmmaker joked about pedophilia and rape.

Multiple celebrities have come out in support of Mr. Gunn and Mr. Harmon, blaming the uproar on an alt-right campaign led by conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich to take down Hollywood.

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