Creator and creator Rick and Morty Dan Harmon and author Jessica Gao have a new podcast, Whiting Wongs, where they discuss issues with minority representation in the entire television industry and, of course, Rick and Morty.
The podcast currently has four episodes, and each examines two sides of the discussion: Harmon talks about an area he considers complicated from the eyes of a white straight-line runner and Gao who talks about working in the industry as a Chinese writer.
In the first episode, Gao and Harmon talk about Dr.’s character. Wong, a therapist, introduced in Rick and Morty’s third season during the famous Pickle Rick episode. Gao notes that in the television industry unless a writer who does the script gives a family name to a character that comes with a specific race connotation, white actors tend to be employed. Gao said part of the reason he came with Dr. Wong is to help an Asian voice actor hired for the role. The role eventually came to Susan Sarandon.
As the series progresses, the podcast also handles counter-attacks by female writers at the events faced for the third season, including Gao. Harmon and Gao had talked about the harassment before, with Harmon telling Polygon that he was aware of a poisonous faction from the audience of the show, “because this is a popular show and people are obsessed about it,” but Harmon is getting to know him. podcasts
Gao, who mentions in the last episode that the reaction to his work on Rick and Morty is mostly positive despite some “angry young white man,” who appears in his nickname on Twitter, saying that while it is not fun to take the Highway, the way he deals with online harassment.
“You end up losing if they get up from you,” Gao said, “and that means they’re affecting you.”
One of the conversations that emerged between Harmon and Gao was the topic of recruitment based on meritocracy, not for reasons of diversity and inclusiveness. Gao has been discussing this in the past, told The Hollywood Reporter that this is “the one thing that upsets me.”
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“People who say that never think about what matters and where the meritocracy comes from,” Gao said. “Very much, the person who decides who is the funniest will be a white man, usually in his 30s, or 40s who must grow middle or upper middle class.Someone like that will have particular life experience and a distinct sense of humor. ”
Whiting Wongs, which runs about an hour each episode, does its job to provide a good insight into how it feels to work as a white person or a woman of color in the industry, but Rick and Morty’s fans will also record the abundance from behind- the sight that Harmon looks and Gao provide. This is an exciting podcast that addresses essential subjects at a time when Rick and Morty’s communities are under the lens of the mass media.
Being able to hear Harmon and Gao talking about the series, their involvement and how they handle the toxic fanbase, and their loyal fans are pretty great. New episodes of the podcast will be available every Thursday at Acast.