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I pretended to be the Rick & Morty creator and accidentally went viral – A N I T H
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I pretended to be the Rick & Morty creator and accidentally went viral

I pretended to be the Rick & Morty creator and accidentally went viral


On Sunday morning, Twitter was aflame with sauce controversy.

Fans of the Adult Swim cartoon Rick and Morty wanted their sauce. McDonald’s didn’t have enough. The fans were mad at everyone and everyone was mad at the fans.

I was lying in bed slightly hungover from spending the previous night carving a Stephen A. Smith tweet into a pumpkin.

Still half asleep, but feeling a duty to contribute to the discourse, I made a tweet.

(I should disclose at this point that I am not the creator of Rick and Morty, nor have I ever seen an episode of it.)

I got up and got lunch, and found that after less than an hour my barely-thought-out tweet was getting a startling number of retweets.

Having nothing better to do on a Sunday, I leaned into the bit, changed my display name and bio to “Rick and Morty creator,” and made an announcement.

The fans were not pleased. As my phone began to sputter and overheat from thousands of new follower notifications, fans flooded my mentions and inbox with love for the show and horror at its imminent destruction by river.

As my follower list ballooned from a modest 3,800 to a respectable 13,000, I took the fans on a trip down memory lane, gifting them with previously unrevealed secrets from the production of the show.

Like all good things, Rick and Morty eventually had to come to an end. Monday dawned rainy and cold.

It was difficult to watch the show for which I spent years mastering theoretical physics, Narodnaya Volya literature, and the subtleties of Ivan Turgenev’s 1862 epic Fathers and Sons get carried off by a seabird, but I believe it was the right decision.

If anything, the experience only improved my view of the Rick and Morty fan community. Before I decided to destroy the show, I mainly thought of the fans as considering themselves smarter than everyone else, and also for liking to yell, “I’M PICKLE RICK!!!!”

But once I announced that the show would be getting wet and wrecked by a river, the messages that flooded my inbox told stories of how the show had inspired fans, had helped them through difficult times in their lives, and had motivated them to better themselves.

I realized that I could not judge the show or its fans by a handful of bad apples in the community.

At this point, I might even check out an episode or two.

That sauce still looks nasty, though.



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Anith Gopal
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