The hippest thing leftists have going for them right now is Rick & Morty. Rick and Morty is a science-fiction cartoon about a mad professor, Rick, and his grandson Morty travelling through multiverses. If you don’t believe me, watch it. It’s good.
The characters are good (Rick is a cool asshole, Morty is endearing, Jerry is a spot-on boomer), the story is good and the whole show oozes creativity. So respect for that. Free quality entertainment!
But of course we’ve come to learn that there is no such thing as a free meal. Life chooses sides; no light without darkness. Rick & Morty’s creators have also chosen a side, or more likely were granted a spotlight because they had always chosen a side; the leftist side.
There are many hints in the show that its creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon are leftists. The biggest one; both Stephen Colbert and John Oliver make a guest appearance.
Can’t signal your leftism better than that. Imagine if a cartoon included a cameo by Alex Jones.
Rick & Morty has that similar aggressive nihilistic view that Game of Thrones has — it purports that there is no God or if there is He hates you, that life is senseless and without meaning yet that that is where the true freedom lies. Do whatever you want kids, it’s not like it matters anyhow.
^ that video sums up the Rick and Morty philosophy perfectly. The best part is at 2:27 onwards: ‘knowing the truth, which is that nothing matters can actually save you.’ Harmon truly is an honest-to-atheist-God-progressive and contrary to the complete lack of political leftism’s credibility, his artsy leftism sounds cool. Which is the whole purpose of leftism.
My point to all of this is to say that, contrary to what many fanboys of the show think, Rick & Morty has no greater insight into the riddle that is life. Rick is not some genius know-it-all — his genius is constricted by limits of his creators’ imagination. When Roiland and Harmon venture into unchartered territory they do not magically receive instructions on what a non-existent time-travelling genius mad professor would say. The creator forms the character, not the other way around.
So, for instance, when in the first episode of season 3 we review Rick’s memory of 9/11, we should not in the least be surprised when Rick’s response was as follows:
Surprise, Rick thinks 9/11 was a conspiracy by the Bush government to take away our freedom! Cool leftist meme bro. Rick could’ve just as easily said ‘that is something huh, Muslims gonna Muslim, am I right or whaaat.’ But he will never say anything of the sort, because it goes against his creator’s leftist beliefs.
But hey, let’s not lose our heads. After all, it’s just a cartoon show, right?