Elon Musk has sensationally claimed that the media is racist towards whites and Asians while voicing his support for disgraced ‘Dilbert’ cartoonist Scott Adams.
Newspapers announced they would be dropping the “Dilbert” series this weekend after a racist rant by Adams urging his followers to “take the f**k” away from black people.
But Twitter CEO Elon Musk seemed to support the embarrassed creator when he responded to a tweet about the controversy “the media is racist.”
“For a very long time, the American media was racist against non-white people, now they are racist against white people and Asians,” explains the 51-year-old billionaire.
The same happened with elite colleges and high schools in America. Maybe they can try not to be racist.’
Elon Musk weighed in on the queue around ‘Dilbert’ creator Scott Adams after he went on a racist diatribe urging his followers to ‘get the f**k away’ from black people
Musk later tweeted “exactly” in response to a tweet claiming that “Adams’ comments weren’t good, but there’s some truth to it… it’s complicated.”
It comes after Gannett, the largest newspaper publisher in the US, announced it would stop publishing the ‘Dilbert’ comic after comments made by Adams, who is believed to have amassed a $70 million fortune from the series.
The comic has been in circulation since 1989 and is known for poking fun at office culture.
Adams said in the livestream talk on Wednesday, “The best advice I would give white people is to get away from black people for God’s sake.
‘Just go away. Wherever you need to go, just leave.’
He added: “This is unsolvable. 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.”
The 65-year-old went on to label black people a “hate group,” citing a poll that showed nearly half of black people don’t get along with white people.
The hour-long YouTube video was posted to Adams’ channel, which has 118,000 subscribers. By Sunday, it had been viewed 242,000 times.
A spokesman for Gannett said that while it “respects and encourages freedom of expression,” Adams’s comments were inconsistent with his “editorial commentary on corporate values as an organization.”
But Adams doubled down on his comments on Sunday, claiming bigotry was okay in certain situations.
Gannett, the largest newspaper publisher in the US, said it was dropping the series this weekend because of the creator’s racist YouTube diatribe
Dilbert has been in newspapers in 57 countries and in 19 languages - and there are over 20 million Dilbert books and calendars in print
He compared his comments to former Vice President Mike Pence’s personal policy of never dining alone with any woman other than his wife.
Many called Pence’s comments sexist, but Adams interpreted it as a way for a man to protect himself from false accusations of sexual misconduct.
He added that his advice about avoiding black people stemmed from the same fear of perceived false accusations of racism.
The embattled cartoonist went further when he urged “everyone” to embrace racism in the workplace.
“I’m just saying, as a personal career decision, you absolutely have to be racist when it’s in your favor, and that’s for men, for women, for black or white, Asian or Hispanic,” he said.
Dilbert had already been canned by 77 newspapers for its increasingly controversial storylines, including one about a black character identifying as white.
In September, Lee Enterprises, owner of The Buffalo News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Arizona Daily Sun, also removed the cartoon from its newspapers.
Last year, a storyline saw a black character, who identifies as white, asked to also identify as gay in order to improve his company’s environmental, social and governance ratings.
Dave, his recurring character, replies, “Depends how badly you want me to sell it,” before the boss replies, “Just wear better shirts.”
Another satire showed the same character in charge of the fictional company wondering how to open a new factory without making a negative contribution to the environment.
Adams, pictured in 2001, has come under fire for the “racist” comments made on his YouTube channel Real Coffee with Scott Adams
As a solution to avoid being hounded by “awakened” commentators, the boss concludes that he will add a non-binary employee to his board to increase diversity.
Adams’ satirical comics appear in newspapers in 57 countries and 19 languages - and there are more than 20 million Dilbert books and calendars in circulation.