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:
— 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.