The creator of the Dilbert comic strip faced a wave of cancellations Saturday, defending his claims that black people are members of a “hate group” that white people should “stay away from.”
Several media publishers in the United States censored Scott Adams’ comments, calling them racist, hateful, and discriminatory, while announcing that they would no longer publish his comic strip.
Andrews McMeel Syndicate, which distributes Dilbert, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. However, Adams defended himself on social media against those who said “they hate me and they cancel me”.
Dilbert is a long-running comic strip that satirizes office culture.
The wave of cancellations began after last week’s episode of the YouTube show “Real Coffee with Scott Adams.”
Among other things, Adams cited a Rasmussen Reports poll that asked people if they agreed with the statement, “It’s okay to be white.”
Most said yes, but Adamas noted that 26% of blacks disagreed and some weren’t sure.
The Anti-Defamation League claims the phrase was spread in 2017 as a harassment campaign by members of the 4chan discussion forum but later began to be used by some white supremacists.
Adams, who is white, repeatedly referred to black people as members of a “hate group” or “racist hate group” and said he would stop “helping African Americans.”
On another episode of his web show on Saturday, Adams said he wanted to insist that “everyone should be treated as an individual” without discrimination.
“But you also have to avoid any group that doesn’t respect you, even if there are great people in that group,” Adams said.
The Los Angeles Times announced Saturday that because of Adams’ “racist comments,” it will stop running Dilbert in most editions, starting Monday, and will run for the last time in Sunday comics on March 12 as it runs in advance.
The San Antonio Express-News, part of Hearst Newspapers, reported Saturday that it will stop publishing the Dilbert comic strip starting Monday, “due to hateful and discriminatory public comments by its creator.”
USA Today tweeted on Friday that it would also stop publishing Dilbert “due to recent discriminatory comments by its creator.”
The Plain Dealer in Cleveland and other publications that are part of Advance Local Media also announced that they would stop publishing Dilbert.
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