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“Rick and Morty” co-creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland wanted to give female writers a voice in their writers room, so they changed things up a bit for their show’s third season by adding four female writers to the staff. This makes the “Rick and Morty” writers room 50% female, excluding showrunners Harmon and Roiland.
After their episodes aired, both women received backlash from some of the show’s fans on Twitter, simply based on the fact that they are women. The trolling turned into a serious threat when their personal information was posted online, a practice commonly referred to as “doxing.”
Entertainment Weekly recently spoke to Harmon, who addressed the fans who’ve threatened his staff writers:
“I’ve made no bones about the fact that I loathe these people. It f—ing sucks. And the only thing I can say is if you’re lucky enough to make a show that is really good that people like, that means some bad people are going to like it, too. You can’t just insist that everybody who watches your show get their head on straight. And I’m speaking for myself – I don’t want the show to have a political stance. But at the same time, individually, these aren’t politicians and don’t represent politics. They represent some sh-t that I probably believed when I was 15.”