Dan Harmon Apologizes for Comparing Community Season 4 to Rape
Recently reinstated executive producer (and the constantly controversial) Dan Harmon has issued one of his classic apologies after comparing Season 4 of Community to "being held down and watching your family get raped on a beach" on a recent episode of his Harmontown podcast.
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"After five seconds of thinking, I realized, as usual, that other people might be hurt, and that I really need to do this whole 'saying things and thinking about other people' cycle in a different order at some point," Harmon, who was fired after Season 3, wrote in a lengthy blog post Tuesday.
Harmon first apologized to Community's fans "that got paid nothing to stick by Community." "Even if my goal had been to hurt someone, it would never have been you," Harmon wrote. "What I said was disrespectful to your love for this show, love that I sometimes erroneously equate with validation of me as a person."
In his apology to the cast and crew, Harmon explained how his criticism came from "indulging my petty feelings about being left out." The showrunner then addressed the writers who "had the option of doing it the lazy way or the sellout way and you clearly did what you did because you were thinking of the fans." Harmon added that Season 4 had "some amazing stuff," specifically one joke that he found "so funny I had to rewind it a couple of times to finish laughing."
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Lastly, Harmon apologized for comparing Season 4 to rape, saying: "I am deeply sorry to anyone I hurt by using the word 'rape' in a comedic context. ... I'm very sorry to have hurt and frustrated you and I will definitely be swayed from the use of that word in comedic contexts because I don't like hurting people and as an added bonus, I don't like getting yelled at on Twitter. Especially when the people yelling have phrases like 'rape joke' on their side. It's kind of hard to think of oneself as being 'pro rape joke.' Don't want to be that guy. Done and done."
While Harmon's four-tier apology covered a lot of bases, there are two people he failed to mention: David Guarascio and Moses Port, the showrunners who replaced him for Season 4.
What do you think of Harmon's apology?