On the importance of Meseeks and Destroy’s darkest scene
Rick and Morty is a great cartoon. I made a post a while back gushing over it and included some youtube links.
Recently, an episode aired that has stirred up backlash because it contained a graphic attempted rape scene. I’d totally be one of the dissenters of Meseeks and Destroy, if Rick and Morty handled the scene like certain other family guyesque shows do — the survivor as a punchline, no repercussions for the “lovable” rapist, the act itself is downplayed, the survivor’s body is panned over and shown as desirable, etc.
But it didn’t. In fact, I think Rick and Morty had one of the better representations of rape in comedy I’ve ever seen.
Spoilers and very long analysis under the cut.