In our headlines this week on The A.V. Club, we talk about Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon, who recently spoke out against viewers who have been harassing the Adult Swim series’ new female writers. Female comedians are certainly no strangers to harassment, and this is yet another incident to add to the pile.
Men seem to be able to make a name for themselves in the comedy industry, and, for the most part, have their names left alone. Sure, sometimes the media will drag up old, unfortunate tweets from a male comedian. With women, criticism of their work often quickly leads to menace: doxxing, threats of physical violence, threats of rape.
As a woman trying to make her way in this industry, stories like what’s happened to the female writers of Rick and Morty make me scared. Writing for a TV show should not be something that feels dangerous. As happy as I was to see diverse voices being celebrated at this year’s Emmys, like Lena Waithe winning for her comedy writing or Reed Morano for her directing, this week I am reminded that there is still much work left to be done.
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