Splitsider is reporting that Adult Swim has cancelled Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace, the “alt-right” show hosted by skilled troll Sam Hyde, following calls from different Adult Swim performers, writers, and directors to axe a show that profligates conspiracy theories and promotes homophobia and misogyny. Y’know, for the lulz.
Adult Swim picked up Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace, which was slated in the Tv dead zone of Saturday night at 12:15 a.m., in August 2016. But Hyde and his “comedy” group, Million Dollar Extreme (MDE), had been currently large on 4chan — an incubator of the alt-appropriate, as BuzzFeed‘s Joseph Bernstein notes: “The alt-correct, which idealizes offensive speech as a principled transgression against a censorious liberal culture, is a all-natural match for MDE’s comedy, which combines nerdy references to anime and video games with the sinister goofiness of Tim and Eric, the anti-Pc imply streak of pre-corporate Vice, and the terminal irony of meme culture.”
In mid-November, comedian and actor Brett Gelman severed his ties with the Adult Swim network, citing the channel’s treatment of females in a Twitter post. In an interview with Paste, Gelman said he produced his departure official after reading a BuzzFeed article which describes Adult Swim’s CEO, Mike Lazzo responding to criticisms of the network’s lack of female talent in a Reddit post. “What I actually stated was-girls don’t tend to like conflict, comedy usually comes from conflict, so that’s most likely why we (or other folks) have so few female projects,” Lazzo wrote. “Nonetheless this was a dumb answer to a excellent question as Lucille Ball and Gilda Rather to Amy Poelher and Amy Schumer prove my statement a load of generalized nonsense.”
Just six episodes of World Peace aired for the duration of its initial season over the summer, which now appears to be its last. But don’t assume we’ve seen the last of Hyde and his noxious brand of “humor” — as Amanda Hess pointed out final week, the far proper has a way of looking for out protected spaces.