Dilbert comic strip dropped by US media over creator’s racist tirade
After its racist creator, many US newspapers, including the Washington Post, have discontinued the Dilbert cartoon strip.
Scott Adams, a white man, stated that black Americans are part of a hate group and that white people should “get rid” of them in a YouTube video.
Later, Mr. Adams, 65 years old, admitted that his career was over.
He said most of his income would be gone by next week.
Dilbert has been a mainstay of the funny pages of America’s newspapers and features a put-upon office worker and a talking dog, who together take aim at the fads of the corporate culture.
Among those media outlets that have dropped the Dilbert cartoon strip are the USA Today network, which operates dozens of newspapers, and the Los Angeles Times.
The Washington Post said Mr. Adams’ remarks promoted segregation.
His comments were made in response to a survey conducted by the firm Rasmussen Reports in which people were asked to agree or disagree with the phrase: “It’s OK to be white.”
The phrase is believed to have emerged in 2017 as a trolling campaign and has since been used by white supremacists.
According to the poll, 53% of black respondents agreed with the statement, but 26% disagreed and others were not sure.
Mr. Adams said that those that disagreed were a “hate group”.
“I would say, based on the current way things are going, the best advice I would give to white people is to get the hell away from black people… because there is no fixing this,” he said.
Darrin Bell, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Black cartoonist, described Mr Adams as a disgrace.
Dilbert – which is written and illustrated by Mr Adams – was first published in 1989.