Justin Roiland Domestic Violence Charges
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Justin Roiland Domestic Violence Charges refers to producer and voice actor Justin Roiland being charged with felony domestic violence in January 2023 in connection to a 2020 incident involving him and an unnamed party he was dating at the time. The news became a major topic of discussion on Twitter, spawning memes and jokes referencing Roiland's animated comedy Rick and Morty. In the following days, grooming allegations against Roiland also spread online as several social media users accusing him.
In March 2023, charges against Justin Roiland were dropped.
On January 12th, 2023, NBC News published an exclusive article about Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland facing felony domestic violence charges. The charges are connected to a January 2020 incident involving Roiland and a woman whose name has not been disclosed, who he was dating at the time. A criminal complaint against Roiland, which charges him with one felony count of domestic battery with corporal injury and one felony count of false imprisonment, was filed in May 2020, with Roiland being arrested and released on a $50,000 bond in August 2020. The producer pleaded not guilty to both charges and was arraigned in October 2022.
Also on January 12th, 2023, NBC News tweeted a link to the article, with the tweet gaining over 900 retweets and 3,300 likes in one day (shown below). Later that day, other Twitter users and accounts, including @Phil_Lewis_ and @DiscussingFilm, also tweeted the article.
On January 13th, 2023, as news spread of his domestic violence charges, grooming allegations began coming out against Justin Roiland online with several conversations being posted, purportedly of him messaging various women and some allegedly being underage.
According to tweets and other posts on social media, many alleged that DMs purportedly sent by Roiland show him attempting to engage in grooming or steering conversations toward sexual intercourse. For example, on January 13th, Twitter user AllieGoertz tweeted a series of DMs Roiland allegedly sent her, receiving over 5.2 million views and 24,000 likes in roughly two weeks (shown below).
I’ll say more later. For now, I’ll just share the types of “funny” DMs Justin Roiland would send me. (Posted and deleted this last night because I was worried about any backlash. But this dude made ME – someone who wrote a Rick & Morty concept album – never watch his show again) pic.twitter.com/xLYE7j7tgH
— Allie “Nine Inch Nails” Goertz (@AllieGoertz) January 14, 2023
Over the following days, several other Twitter users also shared alleged messages from Roiland as the grooming accusations became a prominent topic online (examples shown below).
more awesome Justin Roiland stuff pic.twitter.com/vSSHDOW0BX
— Scrade "Bunnybuns" Cottontail (@ScradeTweets) January 12, 2023
— Edmund Fitzgerald (@RedBuchan) January 16, 2023
Adult Swim Cuts Ties
On January 24th, 2023, Adult Swim made a post to Instagram and the @RickandMorty Twitter page announced that they would be cutting ties with Justin Roiland but continuing to produce Rick and Morty (shown below).
On March 22nd, 2023, Justin Roiland tweeted that the domestic violence charges against him were dropped (tweet shown below). In the post, he wrote that he was "determined to move forward and focus both on his creative projects and restoring his good name."
Immediately following the news, viral discussions and memes about it started appearing online, primarily on Twitter. For example, on January 12th, 2023, Twitter user @arthandle tweeted a Shocked Black Guy meme that received 180 retweets and over 4,000 likes in one day (shown below, left). Also that day, voice actor @VoicesByZane posted a tweet imagining Justin Roiland speaking in Morty's voice while being shoved into a patrol car. The tweet received over 2,300 retweets and 19,900 likes in one day (shown below, right).
The news remained a viral subject of memes on Twitter throughout the following day.
Rick and Morty Voice Recasting
Rick and Morty Voice Recasting refers to a series of social media posts about the expected voice actor change for season seven of the animated series Rick and Morty, which followed the announcement that Justin Roiland (the voice actor of both titular characters) was removed from the show after his domestic violence scandal and grooming allegations were raised against him in January 2023. Online, users reacted to the news by suggesting new actors for the role and submitting their own impressions, as well as posting memes and other jokes or parodies.
 NBC News – 'Rick and Morty' co-creator Justin Roiland faces felony domestic violence charges
 Twitter – @kattenbarge
 Twitter – @arthandle
 Twitter – @DiscussingFilm
 Twitter – @arthandle
 Twitter – @VoicesByZane
 The Mary Sue – Justin Roiland Accused of Grooming as Domestic Violence Charges Surface
 Twitter – AllieGoertz
 Twitter – @JustinRoiland
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