A public exchange between TV showrunner Dan Harmon (“Community,” “Rick and Morty”) and a former employee, writer Megan Ganz, led to an uncommon outcome of the #MeToo era – an effective apology.
A public exchange between TV showrunner Dan Harmon and a former employee, writer Megan Ganz, led to an uncommon outcome of the #MeToo era – an effective apology. The online conversation began two weeks ago with an ambiguous tweet and ended Thursday night in forgiveness, but noteworthy is what occurred in between.
Harmon, co-creator of Cartoon Network’s “Rick and Morty,” took to Twitter on New Year’s Eve to share a resolution for all of humanity to partake in. “We don’t have to make 2018 the Year of the Mensch but I hope it can be the Year of the Not as Much of an A–.”
The tweet only alluded to Harmon’s own misdeeds, but the truth became clearer when Ganz quote-tweeted the resolution a few days later. “Care to be more specific? Redemption follow allocution,” she wrote.
A back-and-forth ensued between the two, who worked together on NBC’s “Community,” a series that was critically acclaimed but doubled as one of NBC’s lowest-rated shows. Harmon expressed that he was “deeply sorry” for repeatedly crossing the line with Ganz, stating that he was “an awful boss and selfish baby” for abusing his position of power. Ganz responded that his harassment led her to question her talent, though she was glad to see him recognize the tricky power dynamic.
The conversation went viral, and many condemned Harmon for…