When you’re dealing with a guy like Dan Harmon, you have to remember that genius doesn’t come without consequence: He’s neurotic and wildly insecure, and that insecurity is rooted in his own narcism, so there’s a lot of conflicting psychoses. Consequently, after watching season four of “Community,” Harmon took to his Harmontown podcast on Sunday night, and shat all the season, with lots of mean-spirited and colorful language. Granted, he didn’t say anything that many of us have not said ourselves about season four, but he’s Dan Harmon, and many, many of the people who worked on season four also worked on seasons one through three with Harmon, and will work with Harmon on season five.
Anyway, he took to his tumblr and, honestly, he did a great job of apologizing, although he should be good at it by now, since it’s something of a habit. Dan Harmon is a beautiful, self-destructive disaster, and I’m absolutely certain that this won’t be the last time he has to apologize for something.
Anyway, you should read the whole thing because he basically covered it all, apologizing to “Community” fans who stuck with the show without him, and the “Community” staff and writers, who continued to work on the show in his absence because they have families to feed and mortgages to pay. He even addressed the inappropriateness of analogizing the viewing experience with rape, and apologized for offending the disabled.
I’ll block quote the apology to the writers, because that’s the best part, if only because he does admit there were some things he liked in season four, and because I’m sure that no one was more hurt by Harmon’s words than THE PEOPLE WHO WORK FOR HIM.
Thirdly, because they got paid more, but still not enough, the season 4 writers. I’m sorry I pooped on your work. You had to do something nobody should have to attempt, and you had the option of doing it the lazy way or the sellout way and you clearly did what you did because you were thinking of the fans. There was some amazing stuff in there. Funny jokes. I liked the “Hogan’s Villains” line. The idea that in Germany, people watch Hogan’s Heroes, but they call it Hogan’s Villains, is seriously so funny I had to rewind it a couple times to finish laughing. I will apologize to the Germans later. Season 4 writers: Thank you and I’m sorry. As I went on to say in my podcast, the creatives are not the bad guys…I shouldn’t be letting an inhuman system that doesn’t care about humans enough turn humans against humans. Especially us. Don’t tell anyone I said this but all writers are better people than all non-writers. Nobody read that unless you’re a writer. I broke a code when I judged the work of writers with whom I wasn’t in the same trenches. I’ll suffer for it because I’ll be looking for a job soon enough and nobody will want to work with Judgy McPsycho Van Crieswhenhetypes. So I hope my ten seconds of, as the kids say, “butthurt” comedy was worth it to me, and I’ll see you in Hell, where, don’t tell anybody I said this but is where I believe all writers go because we make God jealous.
He really is good at mixing flippancy, sincerity, narcissism, and self deprecation into one big old bundle of sorry.