Cartoon Brew broke the story that Skyler Page, creator of Clarence, has been fired from Cartoon Network amidst claims of sexual assault from co-worker and storyboard artist on Adventure Time, Emily Partridge. The story has been verified and picked up by outlets like Variety and Buzzfeed.
Partridge first began tweeting about the incident on Monday:
I want to thank everyone who has joined me in being grossed out by absurd shitty behaviour this weekend— Emily Partridge (@empartridge) July 1, 2014
I've been too nervous to say anything publicly but it's been a messed up few days and ilu guys— Emily Partridge (@empartridge) July 1, 2014
being harassed or assaulted by anyone is scary, feeling like the person who did it to you is somehow more likable/credible is extra scary— Emily Partridge (@empartridge) July 1, 2014
so often, dudes get away with pulling really shady things with the women who work under/around them because of that fear— Emily Partridge (@empartridge) July 1, 2014
Regular Show storyboard artist Ryan Pequin and illustrator Maré Odomo both named Page in tweets:
And after that, Partidge began publicly naming him as well:
okay dudes, this Skyler Page Fiasco everybody is talking about happened to me, you can stop hounding my friends for "proof"— Emily Partridge (@empartridge) July 3, 2014
I've been encouraged by multiple people I trust that I am safe and supported in coming forward about this, so here I am— Emily Partridge (@empartridge) July 3, 2014
I had heard rumours about Skyler being "quirky" but nothing about his fucked up behaviour towards women until AFTER what happened to me— Emily Partridge (@empartridge) July 3, 2014
if I knew what I know now, I wouldn't have let him catch me alone or be near me. I don't want the same thing to happen to anybody else.— Emily Partridge (@empartridge) July 3, 2014
it makes me feel fucked up that people are saying how brave it is for me to say something. this is how unsafe we all feel.— Emily Partridge (@empartridge) July 3, 2014
to people who are saying this should have been discreetly dealt with by HR or something:— Emily Partridge (@empartridge) July 3, 2014
a) HR is already dealing with it. b) discretion does not keep other people safe.— Emily Partridge (@empartridge) July 3, 2014
According to Head of Story on Clarence Patrick Harpin via Tumblr, fans of the show should hold Page personally responsible and not let it affect their support of the show and its crew, as he claims Page had little to do with the actual production:
Obviously Skyler Page sexually assaulted a female artist at CN. Skyler’s a piece of shit, and CN should give him the boot. Emily Partridge is one bad-ass chick for standing up to a guy who a lot of people wanted to cover up for. Skyler’s asshole behavior (though not yet sexual assault) was the main reason I quit the show more than a year ago.
I can’t imagine how fans of the show are feeling right now. But the reason you like Clarence, in spite of it’s creator, is because the “creator” had very little to do with the show. Despite what it says in the credits, Skyler never wrote a single episode of Clarence. It was created by the writers (me and Spencer Rothbell) and the talented board artists (people like Charlie Gavin, Derek & Diana). We took Skyler’s idea of “a fat dumb kid” and made a character out of it. Skyler mostly “kept the couch from floating away”, and read whatever lines we gave him. There’s been enough victims of Skyler Page, don’t punish the talented crew that actually raised Clarence.
- Patrick Harpin
We're glad to see that Cartoon Network acted swiftly in this situation. According to Buzzfeed, the show has not been canceled, but Heidi MacDonald at The Beat tweeted the following screenshot a little while ago, so that may be up in the air:
No public word yet of any public charges against Page. We'll keep you updated as we learn more.