Brett Gelman is best known for his role as Brett Mobley on Adult Swim series Eagleheart, but that’s over now.
On Sunday, Gelman tweeted that he would no longer be working with Adult Swim, citing Executive Vice President and Creative Director Mike Lazzo’s well-documented dislike of women.
Lazzo reportedly wrote on Reddit that “women don’t tend to like conflict, comedy often comes from conflict,” to defend the lack of creative projects from women under his leadership. There also seems to be a general issue with conflict in Lazzo’s office, coming directly from him. Lazzo also wrote:
I have always been very accessible to every person at work because I personally benefited from working at a company that allowed anyone, from any position, to pitch an idea-as long as the person was prepared to back up their ambition by doing any work required to justify the time or expense. If unnamed sources want to complain, complain about me after I’ve read the script you asked me to read or tossed you out of my office for pitching something I didn’t like. If you did come to me I bet I offered some decent suggestions on how to accomplish whatever you wanted to do.
I do sometimes yell and I’m not proud of it. (Inherited.):
That statement followed a BuzzFeed report that pointed out in television at large, one out of five creator credits go to women. At Adult Swim, it’s one out of 34.
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Adult Swim is also the home of Million Dollar Extreme, a show created by a sketch group of the same name that has a huge alt-right fan base. According to BuzzFeed, they “are the preferred court jesters of the alt-right, the pro-Trump online movement that prizes offensive speech, believes white people in America are imperiled, and churns out memes at a metastatic pace.”
Gelman is not here for that either:
In an interview promoting his latest Adult Swim standup special, titled Brett Gelman’s Dinner In America, Gelman told Splitsider:
It’s a big thing that’s present in the white liberal community. That, “I’m talking about it so I’m doing something.” No, you’re just talking about it. And you’re talking about it usually to other white liberals. You’re not really doing anything here. Talking is not action. Don’t just look at what you say. Look at how you socialize. What is your work environment? What do you actually do to help legislation along to protect people who are in a more compromised position than you are?