Of the 47 returning shows, new series, and specials Adult Swim will bring to TV this year, none will have been created by women. Zero. The haven for experimental comedy (and also bloggy music), it turns out, is a total boy's club — even though women make up 43% of its audience. And that's just not okay with network regular Brett Gelman.
The star of shows like Eagleheart and Brett Gelman's Dinner in America announced on Twitter that he's severed ties with Adult Swim over their mistreatment of women, pointing to a Splitsider article about Reddit comments by executive vice president and creative director Mike Lazzo regarding the lack of female creators.
Adult Swim's Mike Lazzo Takes to Reddit to Defend Lack of Female Creators https://t.co/fjxE8FYx7z THIS IS THE REASON I HAVE SEVERED TIES
— Brett Gelman (@brettgelman) November 14, 2016
Lazzo hit r/adultswim to clarify an anecdote apparently misquoted in a Buzzfeed story on gender disparity at Adult Swim, saying: "What I actually said was-women don't tend to like conflict, comedy often comes from conflict, so that's probably why we (or others) have so few female projects. Nonetheless this was a dumb answer to a good question as Lucille Ball and Gilda Rather [sic] to Amy Poelher [sic] and Amy Schumer prove my statement a load of generalized nonsense."
Generalized nonsense indeed.
Another Twitter user drew Gelman's attention to the network's support and promotion of Million Dollar Extreme: World Peace, a cult hit among the alt-right, which the comedian acknowledged was also part of his decision.
Brett I love you but the network you work for (Adult Swim) gives money to alt-right nazis, so sit down. https://t.co/v9ozlWG53E
— crazy clown time (@dan_spaceman) November 10, 2016
I know this and I have stopped working with them. Not to mention the misogyny of their policies https://t.co/fJ3Pm4lUGT
— Brett Gelman (@brettgelman) November 10, 2016
Abso Lutely Productions co-founder, self-proclaimed "cuck," and perhaps Adult Swim's biggest-ever star Tim Heidecker was quick to throw his support behind Gelman. But he isn't going to stop taking their checks.
Instead, he says, it's his job to advocate for and develop shows made by women and to use Adult Swim's platform to broadcast his criticisms of Trumpism and "all the nasty things the right wing now stands for" as loudly as possible.
— Tim Heidecker (@timheidecker) November 14, 2016