The Cleveland Plain Dealer, USA Today and other affiliated newspapers dropped the “Dibert” Daily cartoon from their comics sections after Dilbert creator Scott Adams posted a whiny racist post about the travails of being a white man in America and encouraged his viewers to “get the f*** away” from black people.
After several decades atop the comic page rotation and selling many books, I doubt Adams will feel a financial pinch from the papers’ action, but at least many of us will not be subjected to his garbage anymore.
“It’s a sad day for fans of mediocre comic strips. The long-running series Dilbert will be removed from several local and national publications after its creator, Scott Adams, called Black Americans a “hate group” and urged white Americans to “get the fuck away” from them in a recently uploaded YouTube video. On Friday, publications like the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the USA Today network announced that they’ll be severing ties with Adams due to his remarks.
“This is a decision based on the principles of this news organization and the community we serve,” wrote the Plain Dealer’s vice president of content, Chris Quinn, in a letter to the editor. “We are not a home for those who espouse racism. We certainly do not want to provide them with financial support.”
On February 22, during his daily web show, Coffee With Scott Adams, Adams cited a study finding nearly half of Black people disagree with the statement “It’s okay to be white”—a slogan that, according to the Anti-Defamation League, was popularized in 2017 as part of a trolling campaign on 4chan. (The ADL has deemed the saying a “hate slogan.”)
On February 22, during his daily web show, Coffee With Scott Adams, Adams cited a study finding nearly half of Black people disagree with the statement “It’s okay to be white”—a slogan that, according to the Anti-Defamation League, was popularized in 2017 as part of a trolling campaign on 4chan. (The ADL has deemed the saying a “hate slogan.”)”
USA Today and Gannett newspapers posted this message to Twitter:
At @Gannett, we lead with inclusion and strive to maintain a respectful and equitable environment for the diverse communities we serve nationwide. #TeamGannett pic.twitter.com/GvHR1w9ae3
— USA TODAY NETWORK PR (@USATODAY_PR) February 24, 2023
Here is the post on YouTube (pertinent part begins at 14:30)
And AskAubry on Twitter commented and got some banger replies:
Who knew that Dilbert was under one of those Klan hoods?
— Leslieoo7 (@Leslieoo7) February 25, 2023
Well, he supported Trump so we might have guessed.
"I won't help black people because I've learned that helping them will only make them call you a racist" is something only a racist could say. pic.twitter.com/tbskAhkYSd
— David "JoelKatz" Schwartz (@JoelKatz) February 25, 2023
Over 80 thus far have dumped him https://t.co/elylWKqUrO
— (((Mia Bloom)))🌈🦄🏳️🌈 (@MiaMBloom) February 25, 2023
He recorded that and turned it loose on the internet where he will never, ever live it down. There isn't any coming back from this.
— justalurkr (she/her) 🌻🐈😷💉⁵ (@justalurkr) February 25, 2023
Please feel free to f all the way off Scott, and take Dilbert with you.
I have to admit once enjoying many Dilbert comic strips. Then I learned what a piece of shit Adams was and it lost its luster. I’m surprised to learn that USA Today and apparently many major newspaper have continued to run Dilbert. I guess that’s over. It damn well should be. And frankly, once his views became known dumping his comic strip should have happened long ago.
They were funny for the first several years, they they got mean.
As a white adopted father and stepfather to five black girls, I have news for my white brothers and sisters…don’t waste your time worrying about black people…you better worry about me first.
With that incredibly hostile attitude, you ain’t no “brother” of mine.
I’m not really surprised at it, of course. You’ve always been a bit of an arrogant self-serving smug little piece of poop but there’s NO cause for you to be suggesting violence towards anyone. (And no, I don’t see “you better worry about me” as anything other than an intent of violent behavior. It’s as deplorable as a 1930s attitude of “Don’t let me catch in town after sunset, boy.”)
the comic strip is dead, I am surprised this is still news. I loved the comic page, especially on Sunday. I haven’t seen one for years. I heard about adams long before, so this is no surprise.
To joseph…spoken like an arrogant white man with no black children at risk because of white men like you. Oh and to think violence is never justified is as stupid as it gets. Ever serve in the military? I think i know that answer. What should ukraine do? Seriously doubt you’ve children either. So you let others die protecting your ass. Figures. Sure. You hurt my daughters and you better worry about me. I refuse to apologize to the likes of you. Talk about smug & comfortably arrogant. That’s you pal.
Oh joe…I didn’t personally attack you but you did me. Next time try being a man about it. When you call someone a piece of shit…use the real word instead of poop…that’s just hypocrisy in action. You want to attack viciously but don’t have the balls for it. Just like I know you wouldn’t call me that to my face. You’d make a great closet racist…never use the n word cuz you’re too chickenshit, although you’d still think you’re superior. Just like you do now.