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12th Oct 2022

Rick and Morty fans say the show has far too much incest in it

Tobi Akingbade

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Rick and Morty has been a cult classic cartoon for years are known for their tricky topics but one theme of late has been giving people the ick.

Many viewers are taking issue with the latest season. There was a disturbing episode where Morty and Summer accidentally make a baby, and, more recently, Beth has sex with her own clone.

Viewers can’t decided if the latter is incest or self-pleasure. Either-way, it’s not a scene that’s been welcomed with open arms.

But it was episode five, which aired on October 2, that seems to had fans flocking to social media to complain and/or debate.

‘Final DeSmithation’ is an episode that sees the family’s trip to Panda Express turns sour after they open their post-meal fortune cookies.

Jerry’s fortune doesn’t contain a generic platitude, but instead it has a rather unsettling prediction: he will have sex with his own mother.

One Twitter user demanded: “Rick and Morty, I love ya but thats enough incest episodes. You’ve hit your quota for incest episodes, no more please”

To those enjoying it all, one person added:”You people need psychiatric help”

That’s right, lothers on social media have piped up to point out that Rick and Morty isn’t the show for you if you can’t get past what has become a running theme of the cartoon.

One user said: “I’m gonna say it. If incest jokes bother you, maybe Rick and Morty isn’t the show for you. Just tap out, throw in the towel. Also, where have you been? That’s been a running gag the entire series.”

Another added: “People that stop watching Rick and Morty because of the incest are the weakest link.”

Rick and Morty co-creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland reckon the the secret to comedy is to make yourself laugh, telling VICE in 2015 that incest is a topic they both think is hilarious.

And Harmon’s previous show, Community, famously had an incest episode right at the end of its run.

So, Harmon’s interest in ‘keeping it in the family’ dates back to well before Rick and Morty was a thing.

If the relative-on-relative references are proving to be too much, you may want to sit the rest of this show out… because they’re already working on season eight.

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