Once the creator of the Dilbert cartoon made racist remarks, newspapers stopped running it.
Newspapers no longer feature the Dilbert comic 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.
Many media outlets in the United States condemned the remarks made by Scott Adams, the author of the comic strip Dilbert, as racial, hateful, and discriminatory while declaring they would no longer support his work.
On Saturday, reply right away to inquiries for comment. On social media, Adams defended himself against individuals who, in his words, “hate me and are cancelling me.”
The long-running comic strip Dilbert makes fun of workplace customs.
Following an episode of the YouTube series “Real Coffee with Scott Adams” that aired last week, the criticism started. Adams cited a Rasmussen Reports poll in which the question of whether it was OK to be white had been posed.
The majority concurred, according to Adams, while 26% of Black respondents disagreed and some weren’t sure.
The slogan was made well-known in 2017 as part of a trolling campaign by users of the discussion forum 4chan, according to the Anti-Defamation League, but later started to be used by some white nationalists.
White Adams repeatedly called Black people “hate group” or “racist hate group” members and declared he would no longer “assist Black Americans.”
On his Wednesday broadcast, Adams advised white people to “stay the heck away from Black people” because of the way things are currently going.
Adams said in a subsequent broadcast of his web programme Saturday that he had been arguing that “everyone should be treated as an individual” without prejudice.
Adams added, “But you should also stay away from any group that doesn’t appreciate you, even if there are some wonderful people in the group.
While announcing Saturday that Dilbert will end Monday in most issues 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 Newspapers’ San Antonio Express-News said on Saturday that it would discontinue running the Dilbert cartoon starting on Monday “because of hostile and racist public comments by its creator.”
According to a tweet from the USA Today Network on Friday, Dilbert will no longer be published “due to recent racist comments by its author.”
Also announcing their decision to discontinue Dilbert were The Plain Dealer in Cleveland and other organisations that are a part of Advance Local media.
Chris Quinn, editor of The Plain Dealer, stated, “This is a choice based on the principles of our news company and the community we serve.” “Racist ideologies are not welcome here. Without a doubt, we do not wish to assist them financially.”
According to NJ Advance Media’s vice president of content Christopher Kelly, the news organisation supports “the free and fair exchange of ideas.”
Yet a line must be set when such ideals turn into hate speech, Kelly added.
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