Rick and Morty’s toxic fans are ruining a terrific show

My brother was the first person who told me I should watch Rick and Morty, and he was right. I binge-watched the first season in one sitting, unable to stop following the adventures of the smartest person in the multiverse (Rick) and his timid grandson (Morty). The Adult Swim original reminded me of The Simpsons’ golden age — original, clever, and oftentimes deeply touching.

Unfortunately, a lot of horrible people agreed with me. Since its premiere in 2013, Rick and Morty has been met with nearly universal acclaim from critics — as well as from some of the worst people on the internet.

Just this past weekend, for instance, a throwaway gag from an episode spiraled out of control. After Rick and Morty casually mentioned a limited edition dipping sauce from McDonald’s, fans became obsessed about pressuring the company into bringing it back. Sensing an opportunity, McDonald’s acquiesced, but then was swamped over the weekend by the high volume of demands. When it couldn’t deliver, things got ugly, violent, and embarrassing very quickly. Chanting “we want sauce,” fans were caught harassing McDonald’s employees. Police had to step in.

For casual fans of the show, it was a depressingly familiar fiasco. After Rick and Morty was rightly criticized for its all male writing staff, the show’s creators hired two women for its third season. Quickly, the pair, Jane Becker and Jessica Gao, were harassed and doxxed by misogynist fans who believed they were “ruining” the show. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, co-creator Dan Harmon said of the instigators: “These knobs, that want to protect the content they think they own — and somehow combine that with their need to be proud of something they have, which is often only their race or gender.” Yet even Harmon wasn’t able to stop these hardcore fans from running amok.

I’d prefer to blame these fans’ behavior on their own motivations alone and go on blissfully enjoying the show. But it’s hard to shake the feeling that there’s something about Rick and Morty that attracts bad people. The show is crass and excessively violent. More importantly Rick, one of the show’s two protagonists, is a total jerk: intelligent, yes, but also cruel, arrogant, and selfish.

Disturbingly, there are parallels between Rick and Morty’s worst fans and Rick himself.

The show makes no bones about Rick being a bad person. He repeatedly puts Morty in mortal danger

Source:: The Week – Entertainment

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