Creating an adult animation series takes some serious wit. Being able to incorporate certain political and social issues at the same time as keeping it lighthearted and funny takes it to a whole other dimension. One show that has managed to navigate this dimension successfully is Rick and Morty.
Rick and Morty is an adult cartoon series that follows the story of Rick the drunk genius and Morty, his less-intelligent grandson and sidekick. The two are regularly hopping from one dimension to the next, leaving a trail of chaos behind them. When they’re not off on one of their reckless adventures they’re at home living fairly normal lives with their family while Morty attempts to navigate the world of being an awkward teenager.
Co-creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon are comedic geniuses who have successfully maintained the balance of vulgarity and humour for five seasons. Occasionally the scales are tipped and they come out with an uber-controversial episode, but so far it’s been a consistent level of crudity.
That said, these episodes have clearly had an ulterior motive and air on the side of spitefulness. Roiland and Harmond cover it up with a name change here and there, but it's pretty obvious what they’re trying to say.
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This episode came under a lot of flack and is considered by many to be quite distasteful and triggering. Rick and Morty are off on another of their adventures but this time Morty insists on taking charge. Determined to see the mission through until the end and prove Rick wrong, Morty is willing to put up with whatever comes his way.
His determination is soon replaced with dismay as the pair stop off in a tavern and Morty is sexually assaulted in a bathroom stall. Noticing what has occurred, Rick owns up to losing the bet to make him feel better and the two decide to go home.
The scene in the bathroom was extremely intense and very dark. Some complained that it can be quite triggering for victims of sexual assault and demanded an apology from the creators.
In an interview, Roiland spoke about how he felt it was important to include this element of the episode and talk about the subject. He claimed that the episode was created to express his empathy for those who may have experienced a similar situation and give the finger to those who may have acted in a similar way to King Jellybean.
The episode was designed to make you feel uncomfortable and it does exactly that.