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Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon is no longer on Twitter after an offensive, 10-year-old sketch resurfaced online, catching the attention of 4chan, far-right bloggers and The_Donald subreddit.
A statement provided to Polygon late Monday night from Harmon apologized for the video, but didn’t address his Twitter departure. Harmon said, “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.”
It’s hard to ignore the timing of Harmon’s departure right as a graphic sketch he starred in, “Daryl,” resurfaces. “Daryl” is a two-part spoof on Showtime’s popular series Dexter that aired in 2009 during a monthly comedy sketch festival called Channel 101. The first part of the sketch, and the scene that people have most called out, stars Harmon. Throughout, his character is seen breaking into an apartment, pulling down his pants and simulating sex with a plastic baby doll. The title card that plays overtop says, “Showtime presents, Daryl.”
The video, as Vulture reported in 2012, was removed without reason, but Vulture noted:
Unfortunately, Daryl has been taken offline for unknown reasons. I’m going to assume that it was a move by Harmon to keep unsuspecting NBC execs who hold Community’s fate in their hands from seeing the second episode, which may or may not have contained man-on-cat rape.
It’s an offensive sketch, but those who were aware of Harmon’s comedy and Channel 101, which often showcases risqué content, understood the humor. This was the same festival that helped other boundary-pushing comedy groups like Tim and Eric, The Lonely Island, Derrick Comedy and Human Giant break into the industry.
Although Harmon reportedly took “Daryl” down, the sketch had time to gain viewers beforehand. But since 2012, people have mostly forgotten about it, with the exception of discussions on Reddit or in comment sections on Harmon stories published by miscellaneous websites. Like other older, now-controversial tweets that belonged to a different Twitter era, many viewed Harmon’s Channel 101 sketches as internet comedy from a bygone era.
That is, until a thread in the tendentious 4chan community brought it back up.