After defending comments that black people are “members of a hate organisation” that white people should “stay away from,” the author of the “Dilbert” comic strip was met with a storm of cancellations on Saturday. This week’s episode of the YouTube series “Real Coffee with Scott Adams” received a lot of backlashes against Adams.
The majority concurred, according to Adams, while 26% of black respondents disagreed and some weren’t sure. Many media houses in the United States condemned the remarks made by “Dilbert” creator Scott Adams as racial, nasty, and discriminatory and declared they would no longer give him a forum for his work.
Following this week’s remarks by Scott Adams, 65, The Cleveland Plain Dealer and San Antonio Express-News both declared that they would cease publication of the cartoon immediately. Since it first went into syndication in 1989, the cartoonist Dilbert has become well-known all across the world.
According to the editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Chris Quinn the removal of the cartoon was “not a tough decision” and Adams’ online remarks were “primarily vicious and racial.”
The editor also added that his company made the choice based on the values of the community they serve as well as the beliefs of this news company. Racism-supporting individuals are not welcome here. He also confirmed that the firm will not be financially assisting Scott Adams anymore.
The editor and publisher of the Express-News in Texas also in a statement condemned the cartoonist’s “hateful and prejudiced public comments.”
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“These utterances are against our core principles,” they wrote. “Removing a comic strip from our pages is not censorship.” Adams has the right to express his thoughts. The Express-News is under no obligation to provide him with a platform and funding. “Since the comics section is published in advance, we cannot immediately remove it from our pages.” It will be published in readers’ Saturday and Sunday newspapers. But starting on Monday, “Dilbert” won’t be published in the Express news said the editor.
To add fuel to the fire, Adams tweeted on Saturday: “Is it racist to stay away from bigots who are of the same colour as each other?” So is racism only tolerated when the racists you avoid are white?
Adams, whose cartoon earned a reputation for cynicism about American white-collar office life, has gained considerable additional notoriety for his contentious remarks. He had lauded former President Donald Trump and warned that if Biden won, there was a “significant chance” that Republicans would’ve managed to track him down and murder him.
“The best advice I could give white folks right now, depending on how things are going, is to get the heck away from black people,” he remarked on this week’s episode of Coffee with Scott Adams.
Requests for comments were made on Saturday, but Andrews McMeel Syndication, which publishes “Dilbert,” did not immediately answer. On social media, Adams defended himself against individuals who, in his words, “hate me and are cancelling me.”
As noted by the Anti-Defamation League, the term was made well-known in 2017 as part of a trolling campaign by users of the discussion platform 4chan, and some white nationalists adopted it.
Adams, a white man, frequently referred to persons of colour as belonging to “hate groups” or “racist hate groups,” and he declared he would no longer “assist Black Americans.”
On his show on Wednesday, Adams advised white people to “stay the heck away from black people,” given the state of the world at the moment.
Adams claimed in a later episode of his online programme Saturday that he had been trying to make the point that “everyone should be treated as an individual” without prejudice.
Even though there may be some good individuals in the group, Adams advised avoiding any organisation that doesn’t respect its members.
While announcing Saturday that “Dilbert” will end Monday in most editions and that its final run in the Sunday comics, which are printed in advance, will be March 12, the Los Angeles Times cited Adams’ “racist sentiments” as justification. Hearst Communications’ San Antonio Express-News said on Saturday that it would stop publishing the “Dilbert” comic strip starting on Monday “because of racist and discriminatory public comments by its author.”
The USA Today Network tweeted on Friday that it would likewise stop running “Dilbert” in light of recent discriminatory remarks by its creator. Christopher Kelly, vice president of content at NJ Advance Media said in a statement that his news company believes in the free and fair exchange of ideas and that Scott Adams should have the right to expression.