Anyone who’s watched Community or Rick and Morty probably has a good handle on what creator Dan Harmon thinks of Nazis and fascism. But in the wake of the grotesque events surrounding the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, he distilled his thoughts on both within “Down with Sighty,” episode 254 of his podcast Harmontown. It’s a perfectly outraged oration for our very very fucked up era.
Harmon begins with a tragically modern greeting: “Hello, how are you? The usual niceties. I should also add, ‘I’m not a Nazi.’ That’s a new thing you just add to be polite. That’s the new minimum definition of inter-human communication. You want to start (with): ‘I’m not a Nazi.’”
He went on to note it should be easy to proclaim yourself “not a Nazi,” and yet, “The president has a difficult time, and he has no repercussions to fear really, except for some Nazis not voting for him…he couldn’t bring himself to do it, and that’s as close as you’re going to get from a coward to saying, ‘I’m a Nazi.’”
Yes, Dan Harmon has called the president a Nazi. Because at this point, that has become nearly as easy as proclaiming, “I am not a Nazi.”
He goes on:
“The discourse is over. We have sat. We have talked. We have pondered. The discourse is over…the war has begun. You’re not talking to Nazis anymore. You’re not talking to people that want to entertain the notion of being a Nazi anymore. You don’t want to talk to people that want to circumscribe the concept of Nazism within a fucking Socratic dialectic about goddamn whether Nazi Nazi Nazi Nazi. They’re fucking Nazis. It’s the bedrock of humanity. It’s so low that the worst people in the world find it, and that’s where they rally. And it’s so low we have gotten so bad, that a 1/3 of our country has gotten there! 29% of the people are fucking Nazis! Let’s face it. That’s a minority. We can beat them! We have to say, ‘I’m NOT A NAZI’ though!”
2/3 of the country doesn’t want to be political. It’s not politics to say you’re not a Nazi! It’s like taking a shit. You just do it or you explode! You die if you don’t shit and you die if you don’t say you’re not a Nazi. Fascism is a fucking cancer, it will eat your country unless your country kills it.
Here’s what happens when you get cancer: NOTHING GOOD. NOTHING. There is no way out of it. I’m your country’s doctor. You’ve got cancer. You have fascism. You are going to suffer. You are going to fight. You are going to feel pain. You are not getting out of this. We have fascism. It is happening. We’re fucking dead maybe, or maybe they’re dead. That’s about it. There’s not a continuum. It’s not a grey area. It’s not a fad. Fascism doesn’t pop up and then recede when it finds out no one’s into it. It doesn’t respond to love. It doesn’t respond to hate. It doesn’t respond to ignoring it. It doesn’t respond to timeouts. It doesn’t respond to attention. It doesn’t respond to lack of attention.
You stab it. You cut it out. You bombard it with poison or you die. And in any case, you will probably die. Don’t die talking to cancer! Don’t die hanging out with it. Don’t die arguing with it on Twitter. It’s fucking fascism. ENOUGH! Team up. Stop bitching about Bernie Sanders. I don’t care what flavor you want your democracy to be. It’s democracy versus motherfucking fascism!
You can be as Bernie as you want! You got to do it later man. You’ve got to do it fucking later. You got to do it later.”
Hear it in full and in full force below:
H/T Den of Geek
The header is from the Rick and Morty ep “Something Ricked This Way Comes,” where after beating the devil (literally), Rick and Summer kick the asses of other evil excuses for humanity.
So you know where Harmon stands on the punching Nazis debate. They are fucking Nazis.