Dilbert creator Scott Adams has claimed ‘black America’ agreed with his racist tirade and blamed ‘white people that canceled me’ after his comic was dropped by papers.
Adams last week urged viewers of his YouTube channel to ‘get the hell away from black people’ and said he had moved to neighborhood with ‘a very low black population.’
The 65-year-old, who has made millions thanks to his internationally syndicated comic strip, is not backing down from the comments despite being dropped by 77 newspapers including The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times.
‘Black America is completely fine if they see the context,’ Adams claimed last night as he argued that his statements were hyperbolic and ‘meant to get people riled up.’
‘So far every black person I’ve talked to has said ‘I get what you’re saying,” he told Chris Cuomo on News Nation. ‘It’s almost entirely white people that canceled me. It might be entirely because they’re the ones that own the publishing companies and the newspapers.’
‘So far every black person I’ve talked to has said ‘I get what you’re saying’,’ Scott Adams (right) told Chris Cuomo on News Nation. ‘It’s almost entirely white people that canceled me. It might be entirely because they’re the ones that own the publishing companies and the newspapers.’
Dilbert has been in circulation since 1989 and frequently pokes fun at office culture
Attempting to explain his remarks, Adams stated: ‘What I want your audience to know is that when I complained about black people having a bad attitude about white people, that was me saying nothing about black people. It was saying, ‘I don’t want to be around people who have a bad feeling about me”.
As well as a host of newspapers around the world dropping Adams, he has also lost the backing of his publisher Penguin Random House.
Dilbert has been in circulation since 1989 and is renowned for poking fun at office culture. Adams has amassed a $75m fortune through his work.
The backlash began following last Monday’s episode of his show Real Coffee.
Among other topics, Adams referenced a Rasmussen Reports survey that had asked whether people agreed with the statement, ‘It’s OK to be white.’
Most agreed, but Adams noted that 26 per cent of black respondents disagreed and others were not sure.
The Anti-Defamation League says the phrase was popularized in 2017 as a trolling campaign by members of the discussion forum 4chan but then began being used by some white supremacists.
Adams, who is white, repeatedly referred to people who are black as members of a ‘hate group’ or a ‘racist hate group’ and said he would no longer ‘help black Americans.’
The backlash began following last Monday’s episode of his show Real Coffee (pictured). Among other topics, Adams referenced a Rasmussen Reports survey that had asked whether people agreed with the statement, ‘It’s OK to be white’
Adams is worth an estimated $75 million from his works with the ‘Dilbert’ comic strip
Adams, pictured in 2001, has come under fire for the ‘racist’ remarks posted to his YouTube channel Real Coffee with Scott Adams
He urged white people to ‘just get the f**k away. Wherever you have to go, just get away.’
Adams added: ‘There’s no fixing this. This can’t be fixed… You just have to escape. So that’s what I did, I went to a neighborhood where I have a very low black population.’
Adams has long been active on Twitter, whose CEO, Elon Musk, was among the few to publicly back him. He also blogs regularly and puts out a regular podcast on YouTube.
He’s attracted attention for comments he’s made in the past, including saying in 2011 that women are treated differently by society for the same reason as children and the mentally disabled – ‘it’s just easier this way for everyone.’ He said 2016 GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina had an ‘angry wife face.’
Adams became a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump, saying Trump had a hypnotist’s skill in attracting followers. He said that stance cost him money in lost speaker’s fees.
He said he lost the prime-time animated ‘Dilbert’ series that ran on UPN for two seasons for ‘being white’ when the network decided to target a black audience, and that he lost two other corporate jobs because of his race.
In announcing that ‘Dilbert’ would be cut from the Kansas City Star, the newspaper’s community engagement editor, Derek Donovan, said Adams’ ‘antagonistic, childishly macho persona’ has been a constant for years.
‘It’s not cancel culture,’ editor Richard Green of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat in California said. ‘It’s doing the right thing.’
Scott Adams, cartoonist and author and creator of ‘Dilbert’, poses for a portrait in his home office on January 6, 2014 in Pleasanton, California
The Sun Chronicle in Attleboro, Massachusetts, left a blank space Monday where ‘Dilbert’ would normally run and said it would keep it that way through March ‘as a reminder of the racism that pervades our society.’
The San Francisco Chronicle stopped publishing ‘Dilbert’ last October – a move that drew only a handful of complaints. Editor-in-Chief Emilio Garcia-Ruiz said in the newspaper that he had objected to a strip that said in an effort to diversify workplaces, straight men should pretend to be gay.
In a September 2 ‘Dilbert’ strip, a boss said that traditional performance reviews would be replaced by a ‘wokeness’ score.
When an employee complained that could be subjective, the boss said, ‘That’ll cost you two points off your wokeness score, bigot.’
In an August strip, the boss said the company was getting into the ‘pandemic prevention market’ and creating demand by unleashing a deadly virus.
A black employee featured in an October 20 strip noted that his boss ignored his actual accomplishments to recommend him for a job for which he was not qualified. The employee backed down when told it would be a big jump in pay.
Peterson said there are other examples of how Adams’ attitudes had replaced the biting humor that Peterson and a legion of middle managers loved. Adams seemed to run out of jokes.
‘The strip jumped the shark,’ he said.