CALLS for Rick and Morty to be cancelled have flooded the internet asa vile video resurfaced of the show's creator Dan Harmon.
Parents of the animated sitcom's younger fans have urged for Adult Swim to cancel the show after Harmon was seen on an old resurfaced video "pretending to rape a baby doll."
In 2009, the Rick and Morty creator parodied the popular Showtime program Dexter by creating and taping his own pilot titled Daryl.
And one clip, taken from the Daryl pilot, depicts Harmon pretending to rape a baby doll.
The footage can be found circulating on social media but viewer discretion is strongly advised.
When the video resurfaced in 2018, Harmon issued a statement in response to the outrage inflicted by its content, Deadline reported.
The statement read: "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.”
Adult swim also issued a statement in 2018 saying Harmon's video "does not reflect the type of content we seek out."
They explained: "At Adult Swim, we seek out and encourage creative freedom and look to push the envelope in many ways, particularly around comedy.
"The offensive content of Dan's 2009 video that recently surfaced demonstrates poor judgment 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."
The new posts about Harmon’s old video are going viral on Facebook and Twitter, and some include the hashtag #SavetheChildren or #SaveOurChildren.
One twitter user called Rick and Morty co-creators, Harmon and Justin Roiland, "sick" – adding: "Been a fan for a long time but I can't anymore."
Another called the co-creators "disgusting."
"Shock humor has been a thing in comedy forever," another person tweeted.
"If your gonna [sic] cancel Dan Harmon, at least be consistent and cancel Always Sunny, WKUK, Dave Chapelle, and anyone who's used shock humor."
Despite calls to end the show and some social media users thinking that the show was canceled, the fourth season is set to air Sunday on Adult Swim.
Adult Swim has also ordered six more seasons of the show.
Show bosses also revealed the show is still being produced despite shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Harmon told The Wrap that working digitally was actually helping the workflow of the show.
Rick and Morty is an animated series on the Adult Swim cable network about a short-tempered alcoholic scientist, Rick Sanchez, and his teenage grandson with a nervous disposition, Morty Smith.
The animated science fiction sitcom first launched in 2013.
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