Scott Adams, creator of the “Dilbert” comic strip, is facing more backlash after he called Black Americans a “hate group” and urged fellow white people to “get the f–k away” from Black people.
The cartoonist posted an update to his situation on Twitter Monday morning, saying all of his business partners have now dropped “Dilbert,” although he held firm to his initial comments.
“Dilbert has been cancelled from all newspapers, websites, calendars, and books because I gave some advice everyone agreed with. (My syndication partner canceled me),” Adams tweeted at 4:20 a.m. PT.
He added that the comic strip will only be available via subscription on his website when everything is “sorted out.”
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Adams also noted that the controversy has now crossed over into his work outside of “Dilbert.”
“My publisher for non-Dilbert books has canceled my upcoming book and the entire backlist. Still no disagreement about my point of view. My book agent canceled me too,” he tweeted four hours later.
The backlash began after Adams, 65, offered his thoughts on race during the Feb. 22 episode of his podcast, “Real Coffee with Scott Adams.”
Quoting a recent public opinion poll, he said “nearly half” of Black people are racist and urged white people to “escape.”
“Twenty six percent of Blacks said ‘no, it’s not OK to be white.’ Twenty one percent weren’t sure,” he stated. “Add them together, 47 percent of Black respondents were not willing to say it’s OK to be white.”
“If nearly half of all Blacks are not OK with white people, that’s a hate group … and I don’t wanna have anything to do with them,” he added.
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Adams told his white listeners to distance themselves from African Americans.
“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. Just get the f–k away,” he said. “This can’t be fixed. You just have to escape. So, that’s what I did. I went to a neighborhood that has a very low Black population.”
Adams’ Twitter bio says he lives in Pleasanton, Calif. The San Francisco suburb has a population of 78,252, according to the 2020 U.S. Census. The city has a median family income of $167,932, and its residents are mostly white and Asian.
Several major newspaper groups said last week they would no longer run “Dilbert” because of Adams’ Racist comments about the poll, conducted by the conservative-leaning Rasmussen Reports.
Among those voicing support for the embattled cartoonist is Twitter owner Elon Musk, who shared a video of Adams’ initial comments and asked: “What exactly are they complaining about?”
Adams’ comments are in the below video at the 13:50 mark.