Dilbert creator Scott Adams has claimed that “black America” agreed with his racist diatribe, blaming “white people who canceled me” after his strip was scrapped by newspapers.
Adams last week urged viewers of his YouTube channel to “get the fuck away from black people,” saying he had moved to a neighborhood with “a very low black population.”
The 65-year-old, who has made millions from his internationally syndicated comic strip, has not shrunk from the comments despite being dropped by 77 newspapers, including The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times.
“Black America is perfectly fine when they see the context,” Adams claimed last night, arguing that his statements were hyperbolic and “intended to excite people.”
“So far every black person I’ve spoken to has said, ‘I understand what you’re saying,'” he told Chris Cuomo on News Nation. “It’s almost all white people who canceled on me. Maybe it’s entirely because they own the publishing houses and the newspapers.’
“So far every black person I’ve spoken to has said, ‘I understand what you’re saying,'” Scott Adams (right) told Chris Cuomo on News Nation. “It’s almost all white people who canceled on me. Maybe it’s entirely because they own the publishing houses and the newspapers.’
Dilbert has been around since 1989 and regularly pokes fun at office culture
Trying to explain his remarks, Adams stated, “What I want your audience to know is that when I complained about black people having bad attitudes toward white people, I didn’t say anything about black people.” It was saying, “I don’t want to be around people who feel bad about me.”
In addition to numerous newspapers around the world dropping Adams, he has also lost the backing of his publisher Penguin Random House.
Dilbert has been around since 1989 and is known for making fun of office culture. Adams has amassed a fortune of $75 million through his work.
The backlash began after last Monday’s episode of his show Real Coffee.
Among other things, Adams referenced a Rasmussen Reports survey that asked if people agreed with the statement, “It’s okay to be white.”
Most agreed, but Adams noted that 26 percent of black respondents disagreed and others were unsure.
The Anti-Defamation League says the phrase was popularized as a trolling campaign by members of the discussion forum 4chan in 2017, but was subsequently used by some white supremacists.
Adams, who is white, repeatedly called people who are black members of a “hate group” or a “racist hate group” and said he would no longer “help black Americans.”
The backlash began after last Monday’s episode of his show Real Coffee (pictured). Among other things, Adams referenced a Rasmussen Reports survey that asked if people agreed with the statement, “It’s okay to be white”
Adams is estimated to be worth $75 million from his work with the comic ‘Dilbert’
Adams, pictured in 2001, has come under fire for the “racist” comments made on his YouTube channel Real Coffee with Scott Adams
He urged white people to “just get out.” Wherever you need to go, just leave.’
Adams added: ‘There is no solution to this. This can’t be solved… 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 one of the few to publicly support him. He also regularly blogs and regularly posts a podcast on YouTube.
He has drawn attention for comments he has made in the past, including saying in 2011 that women are treated differently by society for the same reason that children and the mentally handicapped are treated – ‘it’s just easier this way for everyone’ . He said 2016 GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina had an “angry woman face.”
Adams became a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump, saying Trump had a hypnotist’s skill at attracting followers. He said that attitude cost him money in lost speaker fees.
He said he lost the prime-time animated “Dilbert” series that ran on UPN for two seasons because he was “white” when the network decided to target a black audience, and that he lost two other corporate jobs because of his race.
When announcing that “Dilbert” would be dropped from the Kansas City Star, Derek Donovan, the paper’s community engagement editor, said Adams’ “antagonistic, childish macho persona” has been a constant for years.
“It’s not an abolition of culture,” said editor Richard Green of California’s Santa Rosa Press Democrat. “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, on Monday left a blank space where “Dilbert” would normally walk, saying it would remain 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 told the newspaper he had objected to a strip that said in an effort to diversify workplaces, straight men should pretend to be gay.
In a Sept. 2 “Dilbert” comic, a boss said traditional performance ratings would be replaced by a “wake up” rating.
When an employee complained that this could be subjective, the boss said, “That will cost you two points off your wakefulness score, bigot.”
In an August comic, the boss said the company was entering the “pandemic prevention market” and creating demand by unleashing a deadly virus.
A black employee featured in an October 20 strip commented that his boss was ignoring his actual performance in order to recommend him for a job for which he was not qualified. The employee backed out when told it would be a big pay jump.
Peterson said there are other examples of how Adams’ attitude had replaced the biting humor that Peterson and a legion of middle managers loved. Adams seemed to run out of jokes.
“The comic jumped the shark,” he said.