Dilbert creator Scott Adams has long been known to have racist and homophobic views but his recent tirade about Black people was even more extreme than in the past. As a result, newspapers across the country have decided to stop publishing the daily and Sunday strip.
Its creator, Scott Adams, recently denigrated Black people as a “hate group”, advising white people to “just get the hell away” from them.
The strip was founded in 1989, and at its peak about 2,000 newspapers across 70 countries carried it. Adams lit a fuse under the success of his own work in a recent episode of his YouTube show Real Coffee with Scott Adams.
In the course of the show, Adams misinterpreted a Rasmussen poll that asked people whether they disagreed with the statement “It’s OK to be white”. As the Anti-Defamation League has pointed out, the phrase originated with the extremist online forum 4chan as a trolling campaign and was then seized upon by white supremacists – but Adams took it literally.
On the back of it, he declared Black people “a hate group” and expressed his relief that he had managed to flee them by living in a neighborhood with a “very low” African American population.
Of course, Elon Musk has rushed to Adams’s defense, because that is the kind of person he is.
“The media is racist,” was Musk’s response to the widespread decision to terminate the Dilbert strip. “For a very long time, US media was racist against non-white people, now they’re racist against whites and Asians.”
He went on to compare US media with elite educational institutions in America where he claimed the “same thing happened”.
It was also reported that Musk deleted a tweet in which he responded to a comment from Adams about his comic strip being dropped, saying, “What exactly are they complaining about?”
Musk’s defense of Adams stood in stark contrast to the collective decision of hundreds of news outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post and the USA Today network, to drop the strip in response to the cartoonist’s overtly racist remarks. Several papers had dropped Dilbert last year in the wake of a series of earlier homophobic and racist outbursts from him.
The distributor of the strip Andrews McMeel Universal has also announced that it was severing its ties with the cartoonist.
The strip has disappeared today from the GoComics site that is a platform for many strips. My local newspaper the Monterey Herald carries the strip and it was still there today but I understand that they are in the process of discontinuing it. Daily cartoon strips are provided to newspapers two weeks in advance (Sunday strips six weeks) and so there is a time lag between the decision to cancel a strip and having it replaced with a new one. Some newspaper are leaving the space blank for now.
Expect Fox news and right-wing media to make a big fuss about this being an example of ‘cancel culture’ and the media being ‘woke’ because that is how they pander to their bigoted followers.